That can be a really scary word when you're out chasing a dream. It can be the most discouraging word you've ever come across when you're in the business of sales. If you're looking to publish in the traditional way, it's the one word writers quickly become familiar with right away.
It doesn't matter if it's "No, thanks." It still hurts. "No" means rejection, and the human heart usually can't take it well.
Andy Andrews has a guest post by his manager, Robert D. Smith:
I love this post. It's a great reminder to stay on the path and to keep pursuing the dream deep in your heart. Most people give up too soon. Most people give up after only a few tries.
"Until you get to 30 “no”s, I want you to do something—keep going!" Robert writes. "Try a new approach, make a few tweaks, change your presentation, but do not give up. Learn to laugh in the face of rejection; it is the fuel for your success."
Fifty-one publishers turned down The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews, even after he successfully sold 600,000 copies of his self-published series before that! Here's what his manager has to say about "no"s:
So "no"s do not scare me. I eat "no"s for breakfast. And so can you.
And the funniest thing of all about this blog post? It took Andy 30 years to convince his manager to write a guest post for him.
So if you haven't had any "No"s for breakfast, it's time to sit down and eat.
Pass the bowl.