The word rejected came to me from a friend on Twitter. Than I thought: I can do a post on books that have been rejected before.
Not how many times my stuff has been rejected. I don’t collect rejections. They are so depressing.
But looking at how many times other people had to try is inspiring, you know? It make you think: if you try enough times, eventually you will succeed.
Cracked has five. Flavorwire has ten, and there are many, many others. But I like Cracked’s best.
- Harry Potter: rejected for being too long
- Animal Farm: rejected for because of current politics. published after the war ended and those politics ceased to matter.
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss: rejected for being different and silly.
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: rejected for being about nothing. I had never even heard of this book before, but it was published after the author’s death because his mother found a publisher. It won a Pultizer.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: rejected by for (1) not being edgy enough and (2) no one buys short stories.