In these days of economic stress getting published if increasingly difficult. But perseverance pays off. Note the following and never give up hope:
• "We do not think it would be at all suitable for the Juvenile Market"(Moby Dick, Melville)
• "The work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples" (Virginia Woolf, then
editor of the Hogarth Press, rejecting Joyce'sUlysses).
• "No reader interest" (W.H. Allen & Company's reason for rejecting Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal, which would go on to sell over ten million copies).
• J.R.R. Tolkien's manuscript of The Lord of the Rings was refused by three
publishers; in 1954, only 3,500 copies of it were published.
• One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez was rejected by Seix
Barral in Barcelona and impolitely returned to him initialled by "an obscure official".
• The first Sherlock Holmes book, as Conan Doyle recalled, "returned with the regularity of a homing pigeon".
The world would be a poorer place without the above titles. I interviewed Frederick Forsythh when he was living in Ireland and if I remember rightly he had about 18 rejections before finally hitting the jackpot!