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Persistence + Sense of Humor = Published. That is my theme.
Before an author sells a book and becomes famous, most received enough rejection slips to supply a ticker tape parade in Manhattan.
Like Kathryn Stockett. She got 60 rejections before finding an agent to represent her novel, The Help.
And the author of The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. She gave up and submitted her manuscript directly to publisher MacAdam/Cage. They saw it differently than all the agents that had turned it down.
A children's book was destined for obscurity after 12 publishers rejected it. When the eight-year-old daughter of an editor at Bloomsbury wanted to read the rest of the manuscript, the publishing firm reluctantly took it on. And Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone exploded on the world.
There are many more examples here that give us writers heart. The key is persistence and believing in yourself.
You aren't finished when you're rejected.
You're finished when you quit.