If you’re not familiar with Kathryn Stockett's debut novel, you can go to Story Fix and read the deconstruction of the novel by Larry Brooks or get a copy from the library. This story is about a few women in Jacksonville, Missipppi in the early 60's banding together against all odds to tell the stories of the black maids.
It became a best seller,and has already been made into a film. But, the road to stardom didn't happen over night, as Kathryn Stockett notes in this article in More, the author was turned down by agents and publishers 60 times. Her story should be an inspiration to all new writers who get rejection slips when they are submitting their manuscripts.