This is what drives Indie publishing. I sincerely hope these letters were placed in files and not actually sent to authors. I really don’t understand what drives commercial publishing beyond money. To that end I’m going to a workshop tomorrow called “Inside the Mind of a Publisher” at Surrey International Writers Conference. I will let you know what I find out. My thanks to Kristen for another remarkable post.
I’ve mentioned before that to be a writer is to be rejected, but how have famous authors really been treated by the publishing industry? I’ve tracked down several excerpts from rejection letters to well-known authors and shared them below. Some of them are hysterical. Others are horrifying. But all of them offer a brief peek into the realm of publishing.
Rejection Letter Excerpts
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1. “You’d have a decent book if you’d get rid of that Gatsby Character.” – to F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
2. “Stick to teaching.” – to Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
3. “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.” -to Stephen King, Carrie
4. “I rack my brains why a chap should need thirty pages to describe how he turns over in bed before going to sleep.” – to…
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