Hemingway wrote in his collection, By-line: Ernest Hemingway, “You must be prepared to work always without applause.” He said critics would take joy in pronouncing your latest work a failure and you wouldn’t be able to look at it for years. And then, one day, in some other place, you would pick it up and open it, start to read and in a little while say, “Why this stuff is bloody marvelous.”
Have you had an experience like that, revisiting work you did years ago? I recently obtained the digital rights to Loose Change, my first book, published in 1977, about three women growing up in the Sixties. It was trashed by critics at the time, whose comments are embedded in my mind. Newsweek ran the picture of me and caption below.
But the book went on to sell more than a million copies.