I became a connoisseur of that nasty thud a manuscript makes when it comes through the letter box.
I had immediate success in the sense that I sold something right off the bat. I thought it was going to be a piece of cake and it really wasn’t. I have drawers full of – or I did have – drawers full of rejection slips.
“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’”
— Saul Bellow
A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.