Monday, February 8, 2010

The Help - New York Times Article

Since it came out in February 2009, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett has been embraced by book clubs and bloggers who can't stop recommending it to their friends.  Below is the link for November 2009 New York Times article written by Motoko Rich ....


A Southern Mirrored Window

“The Help,” a novel about the relationships between African-American maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi, has the classic elements of a crowd pleaser: it features several feisty women enmeshed in a page-turning plot, clear villains and a bit of a history lesson.
The book, a debut novel by Kathryn Stockett, also comes with a back story that is a publishing dream come true: at first rejected by nearly 50 agents, the manuscript was scooped up by an imprint of Penguin and pushed aggressively to booksellers, who fell in love with it...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/books/03help.html


Note: I purchased my copy of "The Help" last week and glanced at the numbered print run (my copy is part of the 44th print run). Curious, I did a quick Internet search ... this book is a first novel that was rejected over and over. Lesson for aspiring writers, write a good book and keep it out there. Dreams do come true.

While I haven't finished the book I am hooked. Have you read this one?

4 comments:

Jamie said...

That was interesting to learn that The Help had been rejected many times. Persistance does pay ~ though sometimes hard. Thanks for the reminder.

Christina Adams said...

It's always nice to hear when a book makes it after all those rejections. Sometimes it's not you. : )

Peggy Frezon said...

I needed to hear this right now. Although I have an agent, my book has not found a publisher yet. Thanks!

Patricia said...

The Help was reject 49 times before being picked up. One "yes" can make all the difference.