9 famous authors rejected by publishers (comfort for emerging writers)
I enjoyed reading the article published by The Writers Circle website about famous authors who were not only rejected (in one case 800 times), but also had to suffer crushing criticism and they don’t even mention J.K.Rowling’s numerous rejections. I wonder if there are publishers who still wake up in the middle of the night remembering that they once held the manuscript of Harry Potter in their hands.
How well would you have coped if you were told:
“…an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.” (It has since sold more than 14.5 million copies and helped the author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.)
“There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.” (One of the most celebrated and admired writers of her generation)
“Stick to teaching.” (The publisher who offered that advice has been out of business a long time: she hasn’t been out of print for 150 years.)
Read the article in full HERE. Might be worth printing it out and sticking it on the wall somewhere so you can see it when you look up from the keyboard.
Have faith, keep going and never forget why you want to write: because you love it.
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