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I listened to a podcast this morning on the treadmill Cheryl Richardson hosting the author Andre Dubus, best know as the author of House of Sand and Fog. I admit I didn’t read the book, but saw the movie. While wonderful, it definitely falls into the category of movies that are too hard to watch again. Anyway…
He listed the numbers of rejections his books had received prior to being published — each time over twenty rejections. House of Sand and Fog was rejected by 28 publishers before it found a home and eventually was sold to make a movie. He encouraged writers not to ever give up!
Most interestingly, they both felt that any time the writer focuses on their reader or the publisher or the goal of selling the work, they have moved out of the creative space and hamper their work. Good advice. For me, working late in the evening enables me to think less and write more clearly.