Posted on 09/22/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Sophie Mackintosh’s debut novel was a smash hit, landing on the 2018 Booker Prize longlist.

But she too faced plenty of rejection before The Water Cure — from MFA programs, from agents, from publishing houses.

During those ego-bruising years, Mackintosh had no idea how completely normal the string of nos was.

Read her call for embracing and speaking more frequently about rejection in the Guardian.

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