Giving J.K. Rowling a Run for Her Rejections

July 26, 2013 | 1 book mentioned 2

Before Donal Ryan made the Man Booker Prize Longlist, his debut novel, The Spinning Heart, was rejected 47 times until an intern plucked it out of the slush pile. We bet those 47 publishers are smacking themselves on the forehead right now. Pair with: Research has shown that rejection is like physical pain.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

2 comments:

  1. > We bet those 47 publishers are smacking themselves on the forehead right now.

    I bet they’re not.

    So long as people get to keep their jobs they don’t care. They’d rather play it safe and reject something good than publish something that’s risky. Playing it safe is what publishing (and literally everything else in America) is all about these days. Unless you’re an internet kid who invents something like a cell phone that can emit the smell of farts at the push of a bottom. Then you’ll have fifty VCs banging on your door.

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