Stephen King pulls Rage from Kindle sales and explains why

I came across a really interesting bit about Stephen King over at GALLEYCATS, one of my fav. blogs.  King recently pulled a Kindle  version of a book called Rage, (written under the Richard Bachman pseudonym) about a boy who takes over a high school class with a gun.  King explains that he didn’t see Rage causing disturbed teens to used guns to solve problems but he does say, “Yet I did see Rage as a possible accelerant, which is why I pulled it from sale. You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it.”

Mr. King, in my humble opinion, you are one smart guy in addition to being a top notch writer.

What do you think?

Neil Gaiman Shares ‘Secret Freelancer Knowledge’ – GalleyCat

Neil Gaiman Shares ‘Secret Freelancer Knowledge’ – GalleyCat.  Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite authors, passes on great advice for students graduating from University Of The Arts in Philadelphia.

The best advice he ever received came from novelist Stephen King. Here is Gaiman’s secret freelancer knowledge:

You get work however you get work, but keep people keep working in a freelance world (and more and more of today’s world is freelance), because their work is good, because they are easy to get along with and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three! Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it is good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

Enjoying a Good Rejection Story

Everyone in the writing community knows that rejection is part of the business and that if you can’t handle it you might as well start looking for a new career. Maybe that’s why rejection stories are traded so frequently among writers.  We’ve all heard about how an impoverished, single mom (JK Rowlings) worked away on her first Harry Potter manuscript which was rejected no less than nine times before going viral.  I’ll bet some of the larger publishing houses are still kicking themselves over that one!

But, here’s one I hadn’t heard.  According to a guest post by D.L. Orton over at Pimp my Novel,

Stephen King received 30 rejections for his novel Carrie before throwing it in the trash. His wife retrieved it, and convinced him to keep trying. The editor from Doubleday who finally bought the book had to send King a telegram because his phone had been disconnected.

Even though I’m not a huge Stephen King fan (his stuff is just too scary for my taste), you gotta love hearing that a whole lot of publishers missed the boat.

Remember that it only takes one publisher to fall in love with your manuscript and even the best have been rejected so you’re in good company.  Keep revising.  Keep sending it out.  And, if you hit  your rejection saturation point, toss it in a drawer instead of the trash (or in this day and  age, the recycling box) and get on with your next project!  Orton’s website title sums it up: Just Write.