Years ago I had a basketball coach who taught "if you're not getting at least four fouls in a game, you're not playing defense." He didn't like fouls, but his point was, in the process of playing the game aggressively, fouls are going to happen. Fouls are not necessarily indicators of defeat, they are indicators of effort. Likewise, Keyes' approach to rejection is that all successful writers deal with rejection.
Nothing gives me hope like hearing anecdotes about famous writers who received tons of rejections before going on to publish a best-seller.
I think these kinds of stories are encouraging whether or not the person is even famous. So, I am going to start bringing you personal stories of writers who persevered and got published after dozens of rejections. Stay tuned: my first guest blogger will be Linda Sanders-Wells author of the adorable picture book, Maggie's Monkeys. It took Linda nine years and 18 rejections before her book found a home. Be sure to come back to read her whole story.
If anyone else is interesting in sharing their experience here, please contact me!