1. Stephen King
Mr. King received dozens of rejections for his first novel, Carrie; he kept them tidily nailed to a spike under a timber in his bedroom.
One of the publishers sent Mr. King's rejection with these words:
We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.
2. William Golding
Mr. Golding's Lord of the Flies was rejected by 20 publishers. One denounced the future classic with these words:
an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.
3. Anne Frank
According to one publisher, The Diary of Anne Frank was scarcely worth reading:
The girl doesn't, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the 'curiosity' level.
My all time favorite, of course:
4. J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (later Sorceror’s) Stone was rejected by a dozen publishers, including many biggies. Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, only took it on at the behest of the CEO’s eight-year old daughter, who begged her father to print the book. Thank you!!
Feeling more inspired? Good. Now, go write!!! Happy Monday, everyone.
Want to read more? Come back next Monday. Also, tomorrow I'm pleased to have Brittany Roshelle stepping into the Writer Spotlight. She'll be sharing her pitch for THE POPULAR GIRLS. Check it out.