Agatha Christie, C. S. Lewis, Beatrix Potter, Margaret Mitchell, James Joyce and J. K. Rowling are all best selling authors who didn't give up after being rejected by a slew of publishers.
Of course the publishing industry is a very different creature these days, and self publishing or working with small independent companies is increasingly common.
The upcoming Booktown event in Featherston in the Wairarapa has invited three publishers to talk about their experiences in an event called Taking a Publishing Punt.
Today Lynn Freeman gets a taste of what Ash Davida Jane from We Are Babies Press, Murdoch Stephens of Lawrence & Gibson Publishing, and Chris Holdaway of Compound Press will be discussing on the panel
Taking a Publishing Punt is on the 11th of June at St Teresa's Church Hall in Featherston as part of Booktown.