SCARS was rejected more than 200 times before I got it published. If you have a dream, don’t give up. #ShareYourRejection

SCARS was rejected more than 200 times (I think more than that; I just don’t remember how many) over 10 years. In the last few years before I got it published, I felt so much despair and wanted to give up. I’m glad now that I didn’t.

Once SCARS was published, it became #1 in YALSA’s Top 10 Quick Picks (2011); a Governor General LIterary Award Finalist (2010); on ALA’s Rainbow Project List; a staff pick for Teaching Tolerance; on many more lists and nominations; and has saved many lives and helped many readers know they are not alone. If you have a dream, don’t give up. #LGBTQ #Selfharm

#ShareYourRejection
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SCARS was rejected more than 200 times (I think much more than that; I just don’t remember how many–maybe even 500 or more by both agents and editors) over 10 years. (And I edited it more than 50 times during that period.) In the last few years before I got it published, I felt so much despair and wanted to give up. I’m glad now that I didn’t.

Once SCARS was published, it became #1 in YALSA’s Top 10 Quick Picks (2011); a Governor General LIterary Award Finalist (2010); on ALA’s Rainbow Project List; a staff pick for Teaching Tolerance; on many more lists and nominations; and has saved many lives and helped many readers know they are not alone. If you have a dream, don’t give up.

#LGBTQ #Selfharm

#ShareYourRejection

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About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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