I just saw a link on the Northern Ohio SCBWI listserv to a list of “50-iconic-writers-who-were-repeatedly-rejected.” It was interesting to me to see who was listed. Several well-known amazing children’s authors were listed like Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, and more. The only author on the list that I’ve actually talked to was Shannon Hale, who I met in Rick Walton’s class. I’d almost like to congratulate her–not because her work was rejected, but because she made it onto the list as one of the 50 “iconic” writers.
I guess it proves that really good writers get rejections, too. And maybe persistence is the most important characteristic of an author. Check out the entire list if you’re interested: