Even famous writers got rejected at least once in their career; we’ve compiled a list of the writers that you might not, and be fairly shocked as to how many rejections they’ve received
His book Carrie received dozens of rejections from publishers. One publisher even went to include the following in the rejection letter
“We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”
And just how many books did Stephen King sell? 350 million copies in Total. Carrie sold 13,000 copies in hardback but the paperback which was released a year later sold over 1 million copies in its 1st year
Lord of the flies was rejected by 20 publishers. One publisher even went on and told him this
“An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.”
Well they must have felt pretty stupid after this book was shelved as a classic
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (later Sorceror’s) Stone were rejected by 12 publishers, including big name publishing houses.
Animal Farm was rejected with the following statement:
“It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.”
Again another classic
His first novel, A Time to Kill, was rejected by 12 publishers and 16 agents
Guess which novel was rejected? Gone with the Wind.
Wind in the Willows was rejected with the following statement:
“Irresponsible holiday story”
The Princess Diaries was rejected by 17 publishers
One publisher, after reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover, sent a warning:
“for your own sake do not publish this book.”
The Eyre Affair received a total number of 76 rejections before getting published
You know how many rejection letter he got? 7,000! before he got published.
Now that determination for you
Four years of rejection before getting her books published
The Tale of Peter Rabbit had to be published by Potter herself.
And of course many more….
– Untitled Chapters Team