Yet, even the King of Horror had to face the horror of getting rejected.
In Stephen King's book, On Writing, he details his struggling early career as a writer, trying to make money for his family. (It’s also a fascinating book for all writers to get an inside look on his writing process.)
In the book he explains that whenever he got a rejection, he would stick on a nail. He started submitting stories to magazines at the age of 16, but didn’t get published until he was 20:
By the time I was fourteen … the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.Then King sold Carrie, and well, we all know the rest!