Famous Authors’ Rejection Numbers

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“I offered my first book to every publisher on the English-speaking earth I had ever heard of. Their refusals were unanimous: and it did not get into print until, fifty years later; publishers would publish anything that had my name on it.” – George Bernard Shaw

What’s Your Rejection Limit?

C.S. Lewis had his writing rejected 800 times before he was finally published.

Robert M. Pirsig’s bestseller Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected more than 120 times.

J.K. Rowling had her first Harry Potter book rejected a dozen times.

William Golding’s iconic Lord of the Flies was rejected by 20 different publishers.

Agatha Christie spent four years approaching publishers before her first novel was accepted.

 

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