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Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life by Margie Warrell

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—Chapter 28—

As I neared the end of writing my first book, Find Your Courage, I decided it was time to see if I could find a publisher. I did some research online and put together my ‘query letter', which I sent to a long list of publishing houses. In the months that followed, I received dozens of rejection letters and emails. As I opened and read each one it was disheartening. I believed I'd written a book that would be helpful to a lot of people who felt stuck in their lives and yet no publisher was willing to back it. But as discouraging as it was, I kept sending out more letters, all the while plugging along with finishing my book, speaking publicly and writing my monthly newsletter. It wasn't easy, but I hung in there and I'm so glad I did. Because one day, about six months into my rejection marathon, I opened my inbox to find an email from a major publisher who wanted to buy the international rights to my book. I will never forget how thrilled I felt in that moment. Find Your Courage was going global!

Of course, most of us barely got through kindergarten without experiencing rejection. But whether you were the only child in your grade-5 class not invited to the birthday party of the year, whether you were passed over for a prized promotion or whether you had the love of your life tell you that you weren't theirs, you've no doubt felt the sting of rejection.

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