Friday, December 15

Facing Rejection From a Publisher

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Writing may be a labour of love and a revelation of the soul. However, publishing is a tough business that profits the publisher more than the average writer.

Just having your manuscript read and even considered for publishing is tough. It is exceptionally difficult for genres that publisher’s have too much of. If a publishing company receives twenty of the same kind of book each month, it does not matter if your manuscript is very good. Publishers will always choose to publish what they see is the most marketable manuscripts. Publishing books is a business and profits matter if a publisher wants to survive. Most of the time, it’s this direct line for profit that deviates from seeing the truly great work.

There are stories, I am sure you have heard, of authors who have submitted to a dozen publishers and have been rejected each time. The only way these writers will make it is by being persistent and beliving in their work. They became best sellers.

There are even some cases where the publishers are quite rude about their rejections. There is a classic horror movie that most people have seen called “Carrie”. The movie “Carrie” is based on a novel written by Stephen King. This novel was a great success once published. A movie and a remake of the movie were even made out from the book. But before “Carrie” was published, Stephen King endured a dozen of humiliating rejections.

Another really good story on rejected but successful novels is “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K Rowling. Belive it or not, the famed novel was actually rejected by dozens of publishers. Well-known names in the world of publishing like Bloomsbury, HarperCollins and Penguin missed the chance to publish a virtual gold mine because they thought that children do not want to read thick books – or so they thought.

It happened to many famous authors and the same can happen to you. It’s important to have a very thick skin when trying to get your work published. If not, the dream of being published can quickly fade away.

Being a successful author takes a lot of dedication. Writing is solitary work that needs discipline and love. Not everybody can work like that. But most importantly, a working author has to believe enough in their work to deserve publishing and thick skin to find a publisher.



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