If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. A saying we all probably hear a lot, when we’re faced with rejection. Despite having their work turned down by publishers, these authors chose to keep going until they succeeded. These are just some of the books we would be without if their writers had given up at the first sign of failure.

1. J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before it eventually became the series the captured a nations imagination.

2. Lord of Flies by William Golding was rejected 20 times before being published.

3. Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit was rejected which led Potter to publish it herself.

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett was rejected 60 times before the 61st publisher accepted it.

5. Louisa May Alcott, writer of Little Women, was told to ‘stick to teaching’.

6. Rudyard Kipling, writer of The Jungle Book, was told he didn’t know how to use the English language.

7. An editor once told F. Scott Fitzgerald (Writer of The Great Gatsby) “You’d have a decent book, if you just get rid of that Gatsby character”

8.Dr Seuss’ work was often dismissed as ‘nonsensical’,  many of his books have now been adapted in to film or TV.



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