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.
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