After getting rejection letters from 16 publishers, Mary Patrick Kavanaugh decided to bury her dreams of major publishing house success — but that’s about all she’s burying.
Despite dumping her manuscript in the open casket, and inviting others to grieve with her, Kavanaugh is actually embarking on her publishing journey, not ending it all. Kavanaugh self-published her new novel, FAMILY PLOTS, through iUniverse.
With her attention-getting book launch, mentioned everywhere from The New Yorker to Andrew Sullivan, I predict that Kavanaugh will do well on her own.
It’s not inconceivable that, if she does, one or more of those major publishers will come calling.
Which holds a lesson for other authors whose works don’t snag a publisher the first time around. If you have a great manuscript, a good marketing hook, a knack for promotion, and are willing to put the time, money and effort into getting your work attention, rejection isn’t necessarily the end of the line. Just ask M.J. Rose. Or Richard Paul Evans.