If I have learned anything in the couple of years that have passed since I graduated from college, is to deal with rejection from various Human Resources employees.
However, I have also learned to be patient and to use each rejection as motivation.
Just like me, many famous writers were snubbed by editors, here is a list with some excerpts from rejection letters.
- Emily Dickinson: A publisher replied that her poems were "so remarkable for their flaws as for their virtues" but all lacked "poetic qualities."
- Herman Melville: Some editor turned down Moby Dick because it was "long and antiquated".
- Ayn Rand: Her novel, Atlas Shrugged, was labeled as "neither salable nor publishable".
- William Faulkner: An editor refused to publish Sanctuary because it contained a scene in which a woman is raped with a corncob. But it was not because he was a puritan but because he feared that if the novel saw the light, "both him and Faulkner would go to jail."
- H. G Wells: An editorial said that The War of the Worlds was "an endless nightmare."
- Walt Whitman: a Boston Intelligencer´s critic said Whitman was probably "a lunatic who has escaped from an asylum and raves in his pathetic delirium."
And my favorite:
George Orwell: He received a note from an american editor saying, "In this country the animal stories do not sell."Ha! What kind of idiot he must have been.