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A Word of Encouragement: King's Book Was About to Be Remaindered When it Won the Pulitzer

Gilbert King won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his non-fiction book "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America" - peoplewhowrite

Gilbert King

Gilbert King learned he had won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction via text. The New York Times reports, the two-word message from a friend simply read, “Dude. Pulitzer.” King was shocked. “I’d just gotten a notice from my publisher that the book had been remaindered.”

Read the full piece and be encouraged. Neither of the three books King has written has hit any bestseller lists, and like many struggling writers, he has earned his income working on a mish mosh of projects freelance editing, ghostwriting, and photographing images for medical magazines before breaking into foreign fashion publications. He says of the book which required meticulous research and ultimately earned him the prestigious award, “I just kept at it.”

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One response to “A Word of Encouragement: King's Book Was About to Be Remaindered When it Won the Pulitzer

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