Thank you PAUL KASMIR . . .
Paul reminded me of a few popular books that were rejected numerous times:
M*A*S*H, Richard Hooker - rejected 21 times
Carrie, Stephen King - rejected 30 times
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell - rejected 38 times
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle - rejected 26 times
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, Charles Shaw - rejected 20 times
Dune, Frank Herbert - rejected 23 times
Paul is a fabulous fantastical illustrator of whimsical gargoyles and toy animals.
Check out his YouTube video - Taurus Remembers