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Never take “No” for an answer

May 26, 2011

Let us all raise a glass:

Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times“Zounds, lad, no need to kill yourself now!” a phantom from the 19th century tells the central character in Dick Wimmer’s first novel, “Irish Wine,” reassuring the struggling artist that someday his paintings will hang in the Tate Gallery in London.

But while the fictional painter, Seamus Boyne, was dismayed because of a poorly received art exhibit and had parked his car on railroad tracks when he heard that ghostly voice, Mr. Wimmer was the epitome of persistence.

“He was never going to give up,” his son Ceo said. “Very driven.”

Mr. Wimmer, who after 25 years of submissions and more than 150 rejections finally got that book published — to very positive reviews — died on May 18 at his home in Agoura Hills, Calif., his son said. He was 74.

Saying that agents and publishers had spurned him 162 times, Mr. Wimmer laid claim to being the most-rejected published novelist in history. Finally, in 1989, “Irish Wine” was published by Mercury House.

(Via The New York Times; photo credit: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times.)

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One comment

  1. Sad story, but very typical. J.K. Rowling was rejected at least a dozen times with her first Harry Potter and a decade later she is the most influential woman in Britain. I am asked for an advice from aspiring young authors all the time and “Be persistent!” is my best answer.



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