Here’s a little inspiration for all those writers out there who have had creative work rejected. Neatorama has put together a list of famous books that were first rejected by publishers.
Here’s an excerpt:
Gone With the Wind – one of the most enduring novels and movies of all time, of course. There aren’t too many people who haven’t heard the phrase, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” But it was 38 publishers who didn’t give a damn originally. When Margaret Mitchell finally found a publisher in Macmillan (Macmillan also published White Fang and Call of the Wild), the book sold in stores for $3 apiece – quite a sum for 1936. Even at this rather high price point, the book sold more than one million copies by the end of the year. It won the Pulitzer Prize the following year, and of course became an Academy Award-winning film in 1939.
It just goes to show you, if you’ve got a good story, keep pushing. Eventually you’ll find a buyer.
For the complete list, go here.