Feeling rejected? You’re in good company …

Thomas Cadell, the man who rejected Pride & Prejudice without even reading it ... doh!

Thomas Cadell, the man who rejected Pride & Prejudice without even reading it … doh!

All creative writers are probably aware that JK Rowling was famously rejected many times – in fact, one publishing house advised her to get a day job, as she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books …  the rest, as they say, is history.

And the 2016 Man Booker Prize winner, Paul Beatty, was turned down 18 times for the book (The Sellout) that has just won what is still the most prestigious book prize in the world!

Here’s  an interesting and fun article about another classic literary ‘face-palm’ moment.  Thomas Cadell’s enduring claim to fame is that he rejected Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice without even looking at it

Is there a lesson to learn from Cadell’s story, and that of Rowling?

It’s probably that persistence sometimes pays off, and that creative writers should have confidence in their work.

Perhaps there is also a lesson to readers, be they professional or those simply reading for fun – that we should avoid prejudging works, and give all writing a fair audience …

This site is dedicated to famous, often multi-million copy selling authors who could paper the walls of their writing rooms with rejections.  There are some interesting stories in there, not least the tales of authors like Beatrix Potter, who resorted to self-publishing to get their work read.

So, creative writers of UVHS, keep going!  Have faith!


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