After that cartoon the other day, I dug out this old link: 20 Famous Rejection Letters We Can All Learn From
If you thought Justin Bieber's comments at the Anne Frank Museum were off the mark, try being the publisher who rejected her diary!
Or the person who told Dr. Seuss that he was “too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant selling.”
There's another entertaining post on Buzz Malone's blog: A Novel Rejection, in which he lists the number of times famous authors and their very famous books were rejected. For example:
- Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling: 9
- The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss: 15
- Carrie, Stephen King: 30 (which is also what Lionel Shriver said for We Need to Talk About Kevin)
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: 140!!!
Just goes to prove: opinions are just opinions, and opinions are often wrong.