This list will surely add a little pep in your step if you’re either in the middle of writing your book or contemplating about starting. We all know that in all careers everyone’s bound to be rejected at some point. This fact is even more true when it come to the publishing industry. As Chuck at the Guide to Literary Agents points out, rejections may come second to breathing…and therefore an experience authors should learn how to deal with.
Here are 8 world famous books that were rejected by editors time and time again.
MOBY-DICK, BY HERMAN MELVILLE
It was termed "unsuitable for the juvenile market" by British editors.
CATCH-22, BY JOSEPH HELLER
It was "not funny on any intellectual level” according to critics and editors alike.
ANIMAL FARM, BY GEORGE ORWELL
One American publisher rejected Orwell's allegorical tale of Stalinist atrocities by helpfully informing the author that "it is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA."
LORD OF THE FLIES, BY WILLIAM GOLDING
This one received a harsh anecdote by an editor: "an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull." It went on to sell 14 million copies and win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
DUNE, BY FRANK HERBERT
Herbert was rejected 20 times while trying to publish a book that would become the best-selling science fiction story in history.
LOLITA, BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV
To Americans, it was deemed "overwhelmingly nauseating."
Hope this serves as an inspiration for those authors and writers who achieving their goals due to fear of rejection.
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