Here is a list of five famous authors who felt the harsh smack of the “Rejected” stamp.
As I’m getting closer to my spring/summer deadline, I keep praying for thicker skin for when those rejection emails come pouring in. I have a lot of fellow writers who follow my blog, but I think everyone could use a little reminder that all great people have faced rejection at some point.
James Baldwin: Author of Go Tell It On The Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, The Fire Next Time.
Source: Click Hole
J.K. Rowling: Author of the Harry Potter Series.
Rowling was rejected from 12 publishing houses before she landed at Bloomsbury In June 1997.
Louisa May Alcott: Author of Little Women, Little Men
Alcott was rejected by publisher James T. Fields who said, ““Stick to your teaching, Miss Alcott. You can’t write.”
Source: Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.
Sylvia Plath: Author of The Bell Jar
A harsh comment on the rejection letter Plath received in regards to The Bell Jar:
“I’m not sure what Heinemann’s sees in this first novel unless it is a kind of youthful American female brashnaess. But there certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.”
Charles Dickens: Author of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol
Dickens didn’t tell his friends that he was mailing off his manuscript to publishers because he was afraid that they would make fun of him. Here is part of the rejection letter he received from one publisher for A Christmas Carol:
“Our primary issue is its preposterous main premise. We will grant that readers may indeed be willing to accept the idea of four omnipotent ghosts returning to Earth to do good for the betterment of mankind. However, it stretches the boundaries of credibility to their very limits to expect anyone to believe a CEO would repent his ways via voluntary monetary penance. Pay his secretary’s mortgage? Double his salary? Are you certain, Mr. Dickens, that you did not intend to submit this manuscript to our humor publishing subsidiary?”