Some Comfort for Some 2

And did you see the second part?

Famous Author Rejections: Hitting A Dry Spell

Feel glum over oodles of rejection letters? Get this:

  1. John Grisham’s first novel was rejected 25 times.
  2. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) received 134 rejections.
  3. Beatrix Potter had so much trouble publishing The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she initially had to self-publish it.
  4. Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) received 121 rejections before it was published and went on to become a best seller.
  5. Gertrude Stein spent 22 years submitting before getting a single poem accepted.
  6. Judy Blume, beloved by children everywhere, received rejections for two straight years.
  7. Madeline L’Engle received 26 rejections before getting A Wrinkle in Time published—which went on to win the Newberry Medal and become one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.
  8. Frank Herbert’s Dune was rejected 20 times before being published and becoming a cult classic.
  9. Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind) was rejected over 30 times before her book was published.
  10. Stephen King received dozens of rejections for Carrie before it was published (and made into a movie!).
About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Jeff Cook

    Stephen King installed a spike on his wall upon which he impalled his rejection notes. Brilliant.

  • David

    According to Second City legend, Tina Fey auditioned 3 times to get into the beginning level improvisation classes (called the Conservatory).

  • Chris

    This tells me that publishers are not really all that discerning.

  • Robert

    The other side of the coin was a ghostwritten memoir by a Big Brother winner. They paid her a million, if I’ve got it right, and sold 600 copies.