List of Famous Author Rejections

Monday, March 28, 2011
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May 17th, 2010

Whether you're a struggling writer, or just studying to be one, you probably know that there's a lot of rejection in your future. But don't be dismayed, rejection happens even to the best. Here are 50 well-respected writers who were told no several times, but didn't give up.

1.Dr. Seuss: Here you'll find a list of all the books that Dr. Seuss' publisher rejected.

2.William Golding: William Golding's Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times before becoming published.

3.James Joyce: James Joyce's Ulysses was judged obscene and rejected by several publishers.

4.Isaac Asimov: Several of Asimov's stories were rejected, never sold, or eventually lost.

5.John le Carre: John le Carre's first novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, was passed along because le Carre "hasn't got any future."

There are 50 authors listed. All of them are FAMOUS. Click here to read the rest of the article.

I'm in good company at least. :)

  • Don't forget to sign up to review Witch Song.
  • There's some serious internet bullying going on here. Please, please, please stop it. I know she made a mistake. A big one. But she's outnumbered hundreds to one, and many of the comments are nastier than she ever was.  Take the higher road. Be the better person.
  • My muse has evidently decided that it's too cold to come out and play. *insert chocolate here*
  • Where do you find new book releases?
  • I've decided I need an agent. Someone please shoot me.
That is all.


  1. Interesting. I just finished reading The Help by Kathyrn Stockett, which according to Wikipedia was turned down by 45 agents.
    Upon which I say to myself, gee, I've only queried...15? 20?
    I'm sure there are many similar stories.

  1. I saw that whole thing about the author telling the reviewer he was crazy and didn't know what he was talking about. And what she said to the other people commenting? Not cool. I feel bad that she's basically ruined her career now. It's sad.

  1. Laura: I really enjoyed The Help. See, you're just building your author success story. (We all have one).

    Chantele: So sad. Honestly, I hope she's okay. I know she asked for it. But I think she's been yelled at and made fun of enough now.

  1. Hannah said...:

    That's CRAZY! Sheesh!

    Hey, if you really need an agent, Lisa Desrochers made this post about how she found her own awesome agent.


  1. THanks Hannah. I'll go check out that link now.

  1. Oo fun list! I shall go check it out!

    In response to your question about where to find new book releases, I find them a variety of ways. Most often I discover new books through blogs. The Waiting on Wednesday meme is probably the most common. I also go to Barnes and Noble and sort the teen (or whatever genre) releases by their release date. Several bloggers also do posts about upcoming releases, like The Story Siren and La Femme Readers. The Debut Author Challenge over at The Story Siren also has a list of practically all the 2011 YA debuts. What else...hmmm...Oh! The ARC tour sites are another great place to look at for upcoming releases.

    Hope that helps!

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