Tiny Tales for Cheering Up

on September 28, 2014 in Misc

Today I’m giving you some funny micro tales about writers and rejections. Personally, I need funny right now because I didn’t have the best weekend.

Sunday was okay, but Saturday I was really in the dumps (we writers can be moody!).  And Friday night was the worst because my cat got so sick I had to rush her to the veterinarian’s urgent care office.

sick kitty

Two hours and almost $300 later (OUCH!), I took her home and gave her the two prescriptions. Giving medication to a cat isn’t easy, by the way.

Now for some tiny tales about writing that made me feel better, and I hope they can do the same for you…

Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was rejected by one publisher because it was “neither long enough for a serial nor short enough for a single story.”

A publisher rejected The Diary of Ann Frank because “The girl doesn’t… have a special perception or feeling which would lift the book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”

Judith Krantz (she of the bestselling potboilers) once said, “I’m not trying to be taken seriously by the East Coast literary establishment.  But I’m taken very seriously by the bankers.”

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was turned down by publisher after publisher. Finally and with Jack London’s help, Sinclair sold subscriptions for $1.20, raised $4,000 this way, and printed the first edition. The book would go on to become an American classic.

An editor rejected George Orwell’s Animal Farm because “It is impossible to sell animal stories in the U.S.A.”

Norman Mailer once said, “I have never hit a critic, and I say that with some wistfulness.”

Do you feel better as a writer now?  Hope so.  Have a wonderful week.

8 Responses to “Tiny Tales for Cheering Up”

  1. Sorry about your cat! Hope you were protective gear before attempting to shove medicine down his throat.
    The last one made me chuckle.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – This kitty isn’t too bad (though yes, I wore protective gear). My former cat would turn into the Tasmanian Devil.

  3. Hope your cat is better. Meds are no fun. Love Judith Krantz’s comment!

  4. I hope your cat is feeling better. As for cheering you up? I got nothin’ other than you deserve a reward for all your hard work! Wake up New York!

  5. Helena says:

    Carol – My cat is better but she made my bank account worse. Sigh.

  6. Helena says:

    Mike – Thank you so much, darling. May New York listen to you and me both.

  7. Hoping Kitty feels better soon. And thanks for the pep talk. I plan to be one of those authors who gets rejected 500 times and people are like, “No flippin’ way…This book? 500 times?” Have a great week, Helena.

  8. Helena says:

    Milo – Your persistence to get published (which you’ve now achieved for so many of your stories) really has inspired me.