Famously Rejected

As writers we spend a lot of time doubting ourselves. Are we talented enough? Is this idea terrible? Will everyone hate it? Would a publisher ever want it? And that’s before we even send it out. Then the question becomes, how many rejections can I take?

I haven’t been in the game long enough to have sent much out, but I’ve made a collection of stories of rejection turned success, to make myself feel better in preparation for those down times. I thought some of you might like these as well.

James Patterson’s first novel was turned down by 31 publishers, then the novel went on to win an Edgar as the best first mystery of the year. His fir first best seller came 16 years later.

John Grisham’s first novel “A Time to Kill” was rejected by 16 agents and a dozen publishers. He becaem the best-selling author of “the Firm and “the Pelican Brief.” “A Time to Kill” was republished in 1992 and made into a movie in 1996.

Earlene Fowler wrote 150 short stories that were rejected before having her first novel published. (now has 6 books published)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was turned down so many times, Beatrix Potter initially self-published it.

Stephen King’s
first novel Carrie received dozens of rejections.

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was rejected by 20 publishers.

J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected by a dozen publishers, including Penguin and HarperCollins.

Feel better? Good. Keep writing, keep submitting and don’t let rejection stop you. 🙂


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