New writers looking for a little lift might find it at Lit Rejections, a tightly executed web site that focuses the positive aspects of pushing through rejection:
Rejection is an imperative test of one’s character
Some writers continually submit the same manuscript until it is accepted. Others chose to do a more polished draft before sending it out again. A select few learn from the lessons of submissions, to write a completely new book.
What they all have in common is a persistence to never give up on their dream; a dream that has elevated them from writer, to best-selling author.
Along with links to agents and other web sites that will aid the new writer, Lit Rejections collects snippets of information about prominent literary rejections. Here’s a sample:
“We found the heroine boring.” Mary Higgins Clark switches genre to suspense and her second book gets a $1.5 million advance. She is now on a $60 million book deal.
“This author is beyond psychiatric help. Do not publish.” Publisher rejects Crash by J.G. Ballard. The author immediately declares this as sign of “complete artistic success.” The novel goes on to inspire countless songs, and the film adaptation wins the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996.
There are many, many, many more. Lit Rejections collects them here.