Works That Publishers Rejected

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Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:54 am Post

Interesting article here on 15 classic works of sci-fi or fantasy rejected by publishers.
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.

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Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:53 am Post

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.


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Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:40 am Post

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 ;)

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Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:51 am Post

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.
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

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Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:16 am Post

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