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Getting published is all about perseverance.

Hanging in there when it seems the entire publishing world is against you. Editing, cutting, rewriting your manuscript for the 812th time even though you wonder if it may be easier to quit and become an astronaut at the age of 46 22. Not tearing up manuscripts when your mailbox is overflowing with rejection letters. Okay, now that is too depressing of a visual to joke about.

You must write on, fellow writers, because quitters don’t win Man Booker Prizes and this year’s recipient, Marlon James, is no quitter.

James didn’t sit down and churn out a literary masterpiece one lazy Sunday afternoon. That accomplishment came after years of writing and struggle and after his first book was rejected nearly 80 times before landing a publisher. James even – gasp – capped his pen for a short while in despair, but he returned to writing with a firmer determination.

Libraries and book stores are full of great titles written by authors who fought hard to get published, authors whose work has changed our literary landscape.

All of the following books were rejected numerous times. How many have you read?rejected books kids ya

And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street – Dr. Seuss’ first book – 27 rejections

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling – 12 rejections

A Winkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle – 26 rejections which went on to win the Newberry Medal and become one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; Blubber; Are you There God? It’s Me Margaret – Judy Blume – 2 solid years of rejections

What if these famous authors gave up after the first rejection? The fifth rejection? The tenth?

What would your childhood have looked like without Green Eggs and Ham? What if JK Rowling’s Hogwarts only existed in her own imagination? Thanks to Madeline L’Engle’s exploration of quantum physics we had our minds blown with the concept of a fifth dimension. And it is a tesseract, people. And you can travel through a tesseract. Ruminate on that for a while. Need I say more? And finally, how many girls found themselves and their own adolescent worries mirrored back to them while reading Judy Blume?

Perseverance brought these books into the hands of readers. Perseverance will help you grow your craft. Perseverance can lead to a successful publishing career. Of course there are no 100 % sure guarantees you will land a publishing deal, but you can be 100% sure you won’t get published if you give up.

Remember, only you can tell the story locked in your imagination.

So what are you waiting for?

Get writing!

For more writing inspiration check out this full article on Marlon James here.

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Jodi Carmichael (  is an award winning writer of children’s and young adult fiction. Forever Julia, a novel for young adults is her latest release.

Jodi is the multi-award winning author of Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons. Jodi’s second novel is Forever Julia, which was just released this spring, landing on McNally Robinson’ Bestsellers’ list for three consecutive weeks.
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