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Rejection Letters: The Publishers Who Got It Embarrassingly Wrong...

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J.K Rowling was famously rejected by a mighty 12 publishers before Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone was accepted by Bloomsbury - and even then only at the insistence of the chairman's eight-year-old daughter.

Judy Blume, Gertrude Stein and D.H Lawrence all got a lot of 'no's from publishers before any said yes.

But while some were chucked quietly in the publishers' bin of doom, others recieved an additional slap in the face in the form of some frankly hilarious criticism.

It probably wasn't fun to receive at the time, but now these writers have found their place on bookshelves worldwide, we imagine they quite enjoy reflecting on those publishers who got it embarrassingly wrong...

The Publishers Who Got It Embarrassingly Wrong
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article claimed Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell was also turned down by several publishers. This was not case.

 
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