Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Book Quotes: Sandy Koufax

"The definition of a competitor is the guy who keeps coming back. It's the difference between the grass and the oak tree. Cut the oak tree, and it dies. Cut the grass, and it grows back." - Sandy Koufax, from SANDY KOUFAX: A LEFTY'S LEGACY by Jane Leavy.

Rejections are a strong element of publishing, whether you're an author, agent, or editor. It's good to be grass in this business.

9 comments:

green ray said...

Yeah, but what if they say you're too green?

Chris Redding said...

Or that they just didn't fall in love with your blades!

Joking aside, it is a good way to look at rejections.
cmr

Anonymous said...

Ripen.

Anonymous said...

Even grass stops growing without occasional ecouragement. :)

Travis Erwin said...

Great quote and sentiment.

Ref'ing high school football here in Texas prepared me well for agents rejection. trust they are all nicer than the fans and coaches that gather beneath the Friday night lights here in the Lonestar state.

Jonathan Lyons said...

Anon - After fifty-two rejections on the first book I ever submitted, with very little in the word of encouragement from editors, I came close to giving up. I sold it on the fifty-third submission.

Agents need to be blades of grass too.

Kelley said...

Oh, no. It's not enough to be the grass. You have to be the crab grass. The stuff they can't kill off, no matter what they do. The stuff that'll grow up through the pavement cracks, when nothing else will. That's the key. Being crabby. ;)

Aimless Writer said...

Love the analogy. I always figured those rejection letters were just notches in my writer's belt. Like John Grisham someday I can say I have 100's of rejections! lol
Rejection-just one man's opinion. (Unless you have 100 then it may be time for a rewrite!)

Mr. Grudge said...

Hello,
That's a terrific quote. I've been "growing back" for years. yet, each time I return with another submission to an agency after so many rejections, I try to learn from my past expereiences. I suppose I would add that to grow back also means to grow smarter as well. -Mike