Works That Publishers Rejected

Interesting article here on 15 classic works of sci-fi or fantasy rejected by publishers.
tinyurl.com/29w9b6k
The moral of all those stories:
Never give up.
Many editors are either lazy or fools.
No matter how great the book, they won’t see it.
Same thing is true of prize juries.
The quiet heroes: agents with lots of patience and faith.

That’s a rather shocking list isn’t it?

Particularly Rowling. What happened there? Was it a weak spark that needed some dry tinder before growing to a fine flame?

Keep writing. That’s all.

Dave

I’m not sure whether to take heart because of that article, or to become depressed. You can look at it one of two ways:

  1. Even the best faced rejection.
  2. People better than you got rejected.

Guess I’ll shoot for the former :wink:

Some great stories of dogged persistence in the face of misjudgement. I particularly like the Animal Farm saga, which I did not know.

On a parallel theme, I used to know a news editor who spiked the first story about the dangers of thalidomide – “Not what our readers want to read at breakfast.” Other than that, he was a very good news editor.

I remember reading something like that (but with different books though)
Just goes to show that (almost?) everyone gets rejected, even the best.