Whoever has ever send in a manuscipt to a publisher and got the rejection letter knows the feeling of biting disappointment. But, many of the most famous writers were in the exact same position – and yet they made it eventually. Check out the list of famous writers whose works initally got rejected!
Many people who hear the name Stephen King immediately remember a certain horror clown and distinct childhood trauma caused by exactly that film adaption of King’s bestelling book It. However, King’s first novel was Carrie, published in 1974, after it got 30 rejections.
Joanne K. Rowling
Joanne K. Rowling, creator of the incredibly popular and bestselling series Harry Potter probably never would’ve thought that her first book and the ones after would ever be so loved around the globe. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was rejected twelve times.
With the Dune series Frank Herbert created a milestone in the science fiction genre. To this day it remains one of the best-selling science fiction novels. The first instalment of Dune appeared in 1965, after Herbert received 20 rejections.
Stephenie Meyer’s first book Twilight created a whole wave of vampire fiction that appeared in the years after. The first book of the series sold 17 million copies worldwide – and was initially rejected 14 times.
The moral of the story:
Do not give up. If you believe in your story, keep trying to get it out there.