This is not my original list. I found it on a site called "How To Plan, Write and Develop Your Book." When I read it I was encouraged so I thought some of you out there might be as well:
Well-Known Writers with Large Number of Rejections--But Published!
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo--397 rejections (and it became a movie)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle--97 rejections (and it won the Newbery Medal for best children's book of 1963; it's now in its 69th printing)
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson--40 rejections (and it has won multiple awards and sold 150,000 hard copies).
Judy Blume says she received "nothing but rejections" for 2 years.
Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot--17 rejections
Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling--rejected by 9 publishers
The Diary of Anne Frank--16 rejections (and now more than 30 million copies are in print)
Dr. Seuss books--more than 15 rejections
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach--140 rejections
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell--38 rejections
Watership Down by Richard Adams--26 rejections
Dune by Frank Herbert--nearly 20 rejections
To all book writers: Believe in your story. Keep trying. The right home for your book is out there, waiting for you to discover it.