450 Rejections and Still Dreaming

Sometimes we forget the long path our heroes and heroines took to get to where they are. But they have struggled and worked hard to earn their place in our hearts. This is a good reminder: Kate DiCamillo received 450 rejections before she was published!

I sent stories out for six years before anything happened. And when I go and I talk to kids, I go, imagine if I had given up at like the — the rejection letter, you know, 200. I wouldn’t be here. So if there is any message that I can give in that respect, it’s, you know, persistence and not giving up on your dream.

Just imagine if she had given up after 250 or 300 or 449! Do not let go of that dream.

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