Towards the end of a course I often remind students that there are people who go to bed every night knowing that they once held the manuscript of Harry Potter in their hands and said…
NO. Here’s a few more famous rejections to warm the heart of any writer or would-be writer on this chilly winter day.
Lorna Doone by Richard Blackmore Turned down 18 times before being published in 1889.
Cover of an illustrated 1893 edition of Lorna Doone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding was rejected by 20 publishers.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Rejected by 38 publishers before it eventually appeared in print, this impeccably researched Civil War novel was made into the highest grossing Hollywood film of all time (the figures have been adjusted for inflation apparently).
Dune by Frank Herbert The epic science-fiction story was rejected by 23 publishers
Carrie by Stephen King King received 30 rejections for his first novel about a tormented teenager with telekinetic powers. Enough was enough he must have thought because he threw it away – his wife found it and persuaded him to keep on trying. Do you know any more stories of famous rejections ?