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Even Hemingway got them – read the rejection letters publishers sent to 11 great authors –



Just a side note here. Four days after a hectic move, I only found my way to my computer. It was a horrendous move and of courseeeeeeeee I’m going to write about it when I find a place to sit. For now I just wanted to share an interesting post here on writing, some food for thought for struggling writers to ponder until I get back on my virtual feet!

I thought I’d repost this informative article I came across which showcases rejection comments given to some of our most iconic authors. As a writer, it reminds me that editors are only human and what tastes one have may not be the same as another, which can so easily lead to a rejection without even realizing the brilliance of the work. Yet rejection is a harsh blow to our egos and only those with thick skin  can persist to follow their passion.

A few examples of rejection in the article are: Slighting Anne Frank for her writing, rejecting Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. D.H. Lawrence was asked to please don’t publish for your own sake, his Lady Chatterley’s Lover as well as Le Carre was told that he had no future when he submitted The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

An interesting read to say the least. Click the link below and don’t forget to close your jaw back shut when you feel it dropping.


Even Hemingway got them – read the rejection letters publishers sent to 11 great authors –

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


  • Carol Balawyder

    Wow, these rejections are brutal, filled with anger and condescension. I wonder how many lasting great books these publishers wrote themselves.
    Still, it’s an encouraging post because it shows that people in the publishing industry are not infallible but scary too to think that one person can determine your future.
    My jaw’s still a bit open. 🙂
    Anxious to hear about your move, Debby…and don’t forget to breathe!

    • dgkaye

      I know right? Very brutal, but inspiring in a way because it shows that even iconic writers are sometimes misunderstood. We have the power to publish on our own which is a blessing.
      On another note, I am still buried in boxes but checking in here with a coffee before getting back to the grind. I should be back in full operation by the weekend and then have so many blogs to catch up on. 🙂

  • Aquileana

    Great post… Hemingway… Really ?… I would have never imagined…
    Garcia Marquez got his masterpiece and most well known book “A hundred years of Solitude” rejected for several reasons before it was finally published by Editorial Sudamericana…. And That book is still considered one of, if not the, most influential Latin American texts of all time… So well then that would be a sort of equivalent top Hemingway’s case, I guess… Best wishes, Great post dear D.G. Aquileana 😀

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for that insight on Marquez, Aq. Yes, it shows that the best of writers have been slammed and/or rejected, yet have still risen to the top! Happy weekend to you my friend. <3

    • dgkaye

      I know right? Almost hard to imagine but on the other hand reading these gives so many writers encouragement to keep on plugging away, knowing that rejection came upon some of the greats too! 🙂 <3

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