a wonderful blog from a wonderful woman. For all the writers out there who feel discouraged about their writing. Even the best got turned down…what do critics and some publishers know anyways lol

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The most common thing when trying to publish a book is to receive a rejection letter. But what does that mean? Does that mean your work is not good enough? Not necessarily.

Many famous authors received cruel rejection letters. Here are some excerpts from some of those letters:

  • Sylvia PlathThere certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.
  • Rudyard KiplingI’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.
  • Emily Dickinson[Your poems] are quite as remarkable for defects as for beauties and are generally devoid of true poetical qualities.
  • Ernest Hemingway (on The Torrents of Spring): It would be extremely rotten taste, to say nothing of being horribly cruel, should we want to publish it.
  • Dr. SeussToo different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

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      1. At least if you received a rejection letter somebody review your book, it just happen you fail to meet a certain standard. Then you can learned from your mistake and correct it the next time around. Cheers Nonoy Manga

      2. true…but sometimes you never know if they even read it actually. I’ve gotten a few that seem very uniform. But in the end assuming they took the time to read it at least that is something, a small victory I suppose considering how hard it just to get a book in front of a publisher.

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