Thursday, November 4, 2010

Here's to Re-posts and Rejections

Okay, so I'm a little late on getting my bloggy grove back on. So, I'm doing a re-post. 

I wrote this about two years ago (Oh man! Two years?) But I still find it fascinating!

If you haven’t heard the song, Pork and Beans, by the rock band Weezer, you'll need to check it out (embedded above).
“What?” you say, “does Weezer have anything to do with writing?” I will tell you, but first I want to contemplate rejection. *putting hand up to chin in thoughtful pose*

Did you know that Stephen King got so many rejection letters that he nailed them on a spike under a board in his bedroom? When he tried to get Carrie published, the publisher said, “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”

Dr. Seuss’s work was rejected over fifteen times before he found an editor to even look at his work.

Madeleine L’Engle was rejected by twenty-six publishers before A Wrinkle in Time was picked up. It is now in it’s sixty-ninth printing.

J.K. Rowling was rejected by nine publishers for Harry Potter. Nine times!!!! Wha....?

What does this mean? Anyone who is in the writing field or publishing field will tell you, rejection is a part of writing. It is at every turn. Critique groups, publishers, editors, …the list goes on and on. But take heart you are not alone!

Which brings me back to the band Weezer.

Weezer was working with a label who wanted them to write catchier songs to make themselves more marketable (according to the producers), and rejected many of the songs they had been working on. Weezer left the them and with the inspiration of the meeting that day wrote the hit Pork and Beans.

Their video had 3.5 million views before even appearing on MTV.

So here's to rejection!  Whoop! It only leads to success.

Have any of you had a time when you were rejected, but kept working until the fabulous day came?

7 comments:

MT said...

That's the way to look at it! "Here's to rejection. Whoop! It only leads to success." Can I quote you on that?

lotusgirl said...

Persistence can take you far.

Lynn said...

Great video! I commented over at your other place but the video did not come through. Glad I came here to check it out!

N. R. Williams said...

I heard it was over 30 rejections for Harry Potter. Good post.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Linda Garner said...

I've had some very nice rejection letters. They always point out that publishing is a very subjective business. The next publisher, editor, agent, may love your work. We just have to keep at it.

What if we gave up on the 100th try and the 101st agent was the very one who would love our work? Never give up. LG

Linda Garner said...

I've had some very nice rejection letters. They always point out that publishing is a very subjective business. The next publisher, editor, agent, may love your work. We just have to keep at it.

What if we gave up on the 100th try and the 101st agent was the very one who would love our work? Never give up. LG

Linda Garner said...

Is there an echo in here?