- Dr. Seuss: Here you'll find a list of all the books that Dr. Seuss' publisher rejected.
- William Golding: William Golding's Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times before becoming published.
- James Joyce: James Joyce's Ulysses was judged obscene and rejected by several publishers.
- Isaac Asimov: Several of Asimov's stories were rejected, never sold, or eventually lost.
- John le Carre: John le Carre's first novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, was passed along because le Carre "hasn't got any future."
- Jasper Fforde: Jasper Fforde racked up 76 rejections before getting The Eyre Affair published.
- William Saroyan: William Saroyan received an astonishing 7,000 rejection slips before selling his first short story.
- Jack Kerouac: Some of Kerouac's work was rejected as pornographic.
- Joseph Heller: Joseph Heller wrote a story as a teenager that was rejected by the New York Daily News.
- Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows was not intended to be published, and was rejected in America before appearing in England.
- James Baldwin: James Baldwin’s Giovanni's Room was called "hopelessly bad."
- Ursula K. Le Guin: An editor told Ursula K. Le Guin that The Left Hand of Darkness was "endlessly complicated."
What can be derived from tales like this, is 'never' to give up.
And to all those who kindly left messages on my last post I thank you very much.