Now here’s a tale of success that warms my cold, wretched heart. Next month, author Erin Morgenstern will publish The Night Circus, her debut novel which actually began life as a National Novel Writing Month manuscript. Circus received 30 rejections from literary agents before Morgenstern garnered a “high six-figure advance” from Random House. From The Wall Street Journal:
Very little from [Morgenstern's] early draft survived, but she had an idea that excited her. She worked in bursts over the next several years, writing a sprawling, plotless series of vignettes featuring magicians, acrobats, and a pair of psychic twins. Thirty literary agents rejected her.