I am sharing this infographic on famous author rejections, created by the very talented Kiara Halligan for GalaxyEssay. If you want to help ensure that more worthy books are published, please consider a donation to AFP or a gift of stock!
Famous author Rejections: Why You Should Never Give Up
A publisher once wrote a rejection letter that simply said ‘It’s badly written’. For the author, it would have spelled doom if he was not persistent. Those three little words said that he had no talent and that he just spends well over a year working hard on something that no one is interested in. Those three little words were soul-crushing.
Or they would be if the author hadn’t persisted. A couple of months later, The Da Vinci Code was picked up by a publisher and Dan Brown became one of the most successful authors in the world – at least for a period of time.
Now, say what you want about that book – it’s not a masterpiece, I’ll grant you that – but the story illustrates something most authors face constantly – and that is that persistence in the face of rejection pays off!
A lot of famous authors got their work passed by large publishing companies and sometimes with hilarious excuses. Heck, a publisher wrote that he has no idea what Joseph Heller was talking about in Catch 22 and noted that he thought the writer was trying to be funny. Funny? I can picture the face of that guy’s boss when Catch 22 went on to be a major success.
The point is that writers go through a lot before they get a chance to show the world what they’re all about. If you have writing ambitions, go for it. The following infographic from Galaxyessay by Kiara Halligan will show you that a lot of greats faced rejection, sometimes with hilarious side notes from the publishers, so take a peek!