Unpublished Novelists, Take Heart

After Tatiana de Rosnay's novel about the French Holocaust was rejected by some 20 publishers for its dark context, it was finally picked up and promptly sold 5 million copies. 

What's the Latest Development?


Published in the U.S. in 2010, Tatiana de Rosnay's novel, Sarah's Keys, has a dark historical context: It centers on the 1942 Vélodrome d'Hiver roundup, in which French police arrested 10,000 Parisian Jews, including 4,000 children, and detained them for days in an indoor arena before deporting them to Auschwitz. Rosnay had completed her novel, however, back in 2002. Over a span of three years, she received 20 rejection letters from 20 different publishers. Eventually she gave up on Sarah's Keys and moved on to write two more novels. Finally, an acquaintance who had just started a publishing company gave her first novel a chance.

What's the Big Idea?

The circumstances that led to the printing of Rosnay's novel were fortuitous. She had previously written a profile in French Elle on Héloïse d'Ormesson who had recently started her own publishing company. While the two were having lunch, d'Ormesson's boyfriend and business partner arrived, expressing interest in Rosnay's novel after a lengthy discussion over the subject of the story. Since being published in France in 2005, Rosnay's novel has sold over 5 million copies and has been released in 38 countries. Her other novels are currently being made into films. Take heart, toiling writers. 

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.

Jordan Peterson with Carl Jung and the cover art of Jaak Panksepp's 'Affective Neuroscience' (Image: Chris Williamson/Getty Images/Big Think)
Personal Growth
  • Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
  • Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
  • Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
Keep reading Show less

Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

Michael Drosnin
Surprising Science
  • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
  • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
  • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Keep reading Show less

Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

Videos
  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
  • Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
  • Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.