Recent Article: 30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers

This article may have been posted 5 years ago, but it’s STILL relevant now 😀

Schuler Books Weblog

A Great Article by Michelle Kerns that should give hope to struggling authors everywhere:

The revered sage Frank Sinatra once said, “The best revenge is massive success.”

He never spoke a truer word, particularly when it comes to aspiring authors who, after suffering severe smackdowns from publishers, went on to become renowned writers.

Think this has happened to only a select few? Guess again. Cast your eye upon this list of Cinderella authors (and the nasty little notes publishers sent them) and savor the taste of their sweet, sweet revenge.

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


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  1. I didn’t see Mark Twain. I believe it was his “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” that was rudely rejected by one publisher. Later, according to Twain’s autobiography, the Publisher told him that “I stand without competition in the prized ass contest.” or something to that effect.



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