25 Rejection Letters to Famous Authors


This is a wonderful post about some of the…interesting…rejection letters writers have received.

Kristen Twardowski


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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14 thoughts on “25 Rejection Letters to Famous Authors

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog its greatly appericated especially from an established writer like yourself. Just from visiting your sight, I’ve become aware of a wide range of tags/topics which has stretched my mind to reach deeper into myself and share as you are and have. Thank you again. You have a follower!!

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  2. To Alcott: “Stick to teaching.” Haha, I love it! I’ve seen most of these thanks to link my son sent me; I do feel SO much better about the four rejection letters I’ve received so far from agents & publishers re my book. So thanks for this, very timely! 🙂


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