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A Bestseller’s Rejection Story

by Stacey

You all probably know by now how I like to share success stories on occasion from authors who have had their share of rejection. It’s pretty much a guarantee as a writer that you will be faced with rejection in one form or another at some point during your writing career, and it’s likely that even if you do find yourself one of the lucky ones to find an agent and/or publisher, there will still be rejection in your future. Many bestselling authors have remarkable stories to share about their paths to publication and this one from Costco’s magazine highlights the path taken by Tatiana de Rosnay and her now bestelling SARAH’S KEY. I like reading this magazine’s publishing section because it offers readers a peek into what the mainstream Costco buyers think their customers are looking for, so there are usually a mix of commercial fiction and nonfiction titles highlighted, and they often share a more intimate interview with an author they are promoting through giveaways (in this case, 50 signed copies of the book). Tatiana de Rosnay’s is an inspirational story to tuck away for those hard days when the rejection letters feel insurmountable. If you know of any great books that were at first rejected before finding a publisher, let us know. We all like to hear about positive behind-the-scenes stories that keep us motivated too!

22 Responses to A Bestseller’s Rejection Story

  1. Kelly Wittmann says:

    Thanks, Stacey. We all need to read this kind of story every now and then.

  2. Gretchen says:

    I just finished Sarah's Key last week. I can't imagine anyone rejecting it. I'm so glad she didn't give up. Lesson for us all.

  3. Lori Toland says:

    Chicken Soup for the Soul was submitted a ton of times before accepted for publication.

  4. John Austin says:

    Great inspirational post!

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