Even the world's most successful authors were once practically begging for a publisher to mass produce their work. For example, Stephen King's first novel, Carrie — which went on to sell over a million copies — was rejected a whopping 30 times before someone with half a lick of sense realized there was raw talent in King. And J.K. Rowling's story is no different.
Before the planet met Harry Potter and followed his adventures at Hogwarts, Rowling's book was rejected... and rejected... and rejected. She tweeted in 2015 she had "loads" of rejections before getting published. On March 25, she shared more of her rejection experience, and it's a real eye-opener.
For starters, she kept her first rejection letter.
When a fan asked to see Harry Potter letters, she did one better.
FYI, "Robert Galbraith" is a Rowling's pseudonym.
And because she's a classy lady, she didn't include the rejectors's names.
The one on the right is a "wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am" kind of rejection letter, keeping it short and to the point. (The point being: "No.") The other one is much longer and explains how difficult it is to get a book published. The rejector provided tips on how she could go about doing it and the dos and don'ts of the literary world. Oh, the irony.
When asked if she ever felt like throwing in the towel, Rowling had a succinct answer.
Rowling also explained how she kept going when times were really, really hard.
She also revealed that history repeated itself in quite a shameful way.
Moreover, Rowling also retweeted Joanne Harris's tweet.
Harris's novel was adapted for the big screen in a 2000 movie starring Johnny Depp and was nominated for five Oscars, by the way.