Famous and best-selling author JK Rowling of the Harry Potter franchise has shared her best motivational medium to writers out there – the rejection letters she received when she handed in manuscripts to publications using the pen name Robert Galbraith.
At present, JK Rowling is one of the most renowned authors of this generation. In fact, her “Harry Potter” book series has been considered the best-selling children’s franchise of all time. However, Rowling’s writing wasn’t appreciated by all, especially when she sent manuscripts to publications hiding under the name of Robert Galbraith.
Rowling posted, “The Potter ones are now in a box in my attic, but I could show you Robert Galbraith’s?” She then revealed the pains of being a writer online, especially in finding a publication company that would take a risk on a particular story.
Rowling recently shared a snapshot on her Twitter account that shows the rejection letters she received writing as Galbraith. The post reads, “By popular request, 2 of @RGalbraith’s rejection letters! (For inspiration, not revenge, so I’ve removed signatures.)
The letter from Constable and Robinson states, “I regret we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we could not publish it with commercial success.” In fact, the rejection letter also stated, “At the risk of ‘teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, may I respectfully suggest the following. A writer’s group/writing course may help.”
After which, Rowling tweeted, “Yes, the publisher who first turned down Harry also sent @RGalbraith his rudest rejection (by email)!” It can be remembered that prior to the “Harry Potter” series becoming popular, she also been rejected by several publication houses.
As reported by BBC News, Rowling also shared a second rejection letter that came from Crème de la Crime publishers that concluded it was “unable to accept new submissions at the moment.”
She went on and said, “I wasn’t going to give up until every single publisher turned me down, but I often feared it would happen.”
Another author by the name of Joanne Harris conversed with Rowling on Twitter saying that she, too, received several rejection letters for her 1999 novel entitled “Chocolat.” Like Rowling, Harris’s book gained success. In fact, it even had a film adaptation starred by Hollywood’s renowned personalities such as Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, and Juliette Binoche.
At present, another film adaptation in relation to the “Harry Potter” franchise entitled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is bound to release in theaters this November 19, 2016. The movie is also a product of Rowling’s writing abilities.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2016