So, I’m tooling around the web the other day, watching all the shiny things go by, avoiding work when I come across these 8 rejection letters to famous authors such as John Updike, John Steinbeck, and J. K. Rowling. You’re in for quite a laugh.


1. John Steinbeck


Rejections are a part of the writing life. Although they sting, we have to learn to take them at face value. That doesn’t mean the writing was bad. It simply means it wasn’t what they were looking for. I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing 99.9% of us receive rejection letters before being published. Read the following letters and you decide if editors, agents, and publishing houses are always right:

2. John Updike

3.  J. R. R. Tolkien

4. Kurt Vonnegut

5. William Faulkner

6. Alice Walker

7. James Baldwin

8.  J. K. Rowling (my personal favourite):

Whats the strangest, harshest, funniest, or most pathetic rejection letter you’ve ever recieved. Share your tales of woe in the comments section below:

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