Rejection

Published on: 01:46AM Apr 09, 2010

When it comes to rejection I have certainly had my fair share. When you are a writer or cartoonist it just goes with the territory. There are many stories of writers who have been turned down over and over again and it’s only through sheer dogged persistence that they don’t give up. Dr. Seuss is a great example. Apparently he was rejected by dozens of publishers before his first book made it into print. But what if he had given up? There would be no Horton Hears a Who, no Cat in the Hat, no Green Eggs and Ham and of course no, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The world of would most definitely be a poorer place. Thank goodness Dr. Seuss didn’t take no for an answer. Of course Dr. Suess is only one example of countless people that didn’t give up so easily. I find reading other people’s tales of overcoming rejection inspiring. We may never know how many great stories never saw the light of day because their authors were too thin skinned to deal with rejection. The media loves to focus on stories of the supposed “overnight success” but in reality most overnight successes happen over many, many nights. Good things may come to those who wait but unfortunately some writers and artists achieve their greatest success posthumously or in the case of a humorist or cartoonist ...post-humorously. Oh well, you know what they say, “better late than never.”

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