September 1: Author Perseverance Day

Today is the birthday of Robert M. Pirsig who received 121 rejections for his novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  Pirsig persevered, and the book he first wrote in 1968 was finally published in 1974.  Not only was the book published, it achieved cult status, selling more than four million copies.

Pirsig is not the only author to experience rejection.  J.K. Rowling received 14 rejections for her first Harry Potter book, and Stephen King received more than 30 rejections for his first novel Carrie.

Today’s Challenge:  The Write Stuff
Writing is hard work, and most writers must persevere through rejection before getting their writing published.  What’s your favorite book?  Write an acceptance letter to the author explaining why you love it so much and thanking them for all of his/her hard work.

Quote of the Day:  Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.  –Robert M. Pirsig