Sunday, April 1, 2007
Labels: publishing secrets
A recent news article tells the story of a 96 year-old man whose first book was recently published. Harry Bernstein began writing at the age of 93. After the loss of his wife, he found he had too many hours in a day and nothing to fill them with. Enter a new hobby. His book, "The Invisible Wall" is a memoir about growing up in an era of anti-Semitism in a mill town in England.
What makes this story even more inspiring is the fact that when he completed the manuscript, he sent it to New York publishers and received the usual round of rejections. Did Mr. Bernstein give up? No. He simply sent the story to the London office of Random House where, after a year's time, it was picked up. The rest, as they say, is history.
Kudos to Mr. Bernstein and to all the hopefuls who don't let age, education, or the usual round of rejections keep them from pursuing their dream!