Kathryn Stockett's 'The Help' Turned Down 60 Times Before Becoming a Best Seller
How do you keep going when it seems the world, not to mention 60 literary agents, wants you to fail? Kathryn Stockett, author of the best seller "The Help", started keeping secrets, even from her husband: “It was as if I were having an affair.”
By Kathryn Stockett
This essay appears in the anthology The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, edited by Katie Couric and published by Random House in April. The Help has just come out in paperback, and a movie adaptation is scheduled for release in August.
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First Published May 7, 2011