Learn from Kathryn Stockett dozens of rejections for The Help

In More magazine, Kathryn Stockett talks about her road to publication. “In the end, I received 60 rejections for The Help. But letter number 61 was the one that accepted me. After my five years of writing and three and a half years of rejection, an agent named Susan Ramer took pity on me. What if I had given up at 15? Or 40? Or even 60? Three weeks later, Susan sold The Help to Amy Einhorn Books.”
But the version that got accepted was not the first (not by a long shot) one she sent out. With every rejection, she re-wrote the book, trying to improve it.

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Thanks for this inspiring story. I've heard good things about The Help.
Nice counterbalance to the blog post I read the other day which went something like this: "I sent off my query letter, and the next morning an agent called me with an offer of representation. Another agent flew out to the midwest to spend the day with me. In the end, I had seven agents vying to represent me."

I wager that Kathryn Stockett's story is the one closer to reality for most writers.
This is just what I needed to hear today. Thanks, April. :)
I have another friend who kept working on her book with every rejection and found publishing success. (But of course you only do it if you feel lit's right)

Right now it's hard to break in - but that doesn't mean it can't be done.