Famous Rejections

1. Stephen King: Received dozens of rejections for his first novel, Carrie.

2. William Golding: Lord of the Flies was rejected by 20 publishers.

3. Anne Frank: The Diary of Anne Frank was rejected by more than 15 publishers.

4. JK Rowling: Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone was rejected by a dozen publishers, including big publishers ike Penguin and HarperCollins. She was signed by Bloomsbury, a small London publisher. She has earned more than a billion dollars from her Harry Potter books and movies.

5. John Grisham: Mr Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, was rejected by a dozen publishers and 16 agents before breaking into print and launching his best-selling career.

6. EE Cummings: Mr Cummings’ first work, The Enormous Room, was rejected by 15 publishers. He eventually self-published the book and it went on to be considered a masterpiece of modern poetry. He dedicated the book to the 15 publishers who rejected him..

7. Irving Stone: Mr. Stone’s Lust for Life was rejected 16 times. The book went on to sell over 25 million copies.

8. Frank Herbert: Dune was rejected 20 times before publication. It went on to become one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time.

9. Madeleine L’Engle: Ms. L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was rejected by 26 publishers before finally breaking into print. It went on to win the 1963 Newbery Medal.

10. Margaret Mitchell: Ms. Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times before finally finding a publisher.

11. Judy Blume: Ms. Blume received “nothing but rejections” for two years. Ms Blume is now considered to be one of the most influential children’s literature writers of her generation.

12. Jasper Fforde:  Mr Fforde received 76 rejection letters before finally seeing his first novel, The Eyre Affair, in print. The Eyre Affair is now considered a classic of the modern fantasy genre.

13. Meg Cabot: The Princess Diaries slipped through the hands of 17 publishers before finally being accepted for publication. 

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