J.K. Rowling right is one of the world’s most successful writers and one of the richest women in England. You might think someone with such great success has probably always been rather successful, but that wasn’t the case here.
Rowling says that her success isn’t due to being super talented, but rather being too stubborn to give up. Rowling recently posted proof, showing she her success didn’t come easy and that writers or anyone for that matter, should never give up on their dreams.
When she received a message from a fan talking about her early rejections, Rowling informed the world that she keeps all her rejection letters as a form of motivation. Rowling then posted the actual rejection letters for all to see.
She said that her Harry Potter rejection letters are stowed away in her attic, but rejection letters for work under her pen name, Robert Galbraith, were easier to get to. So she posted those bad boys to Twitter.
One of the letters was your typical short-form Dear John, whereas the other said it couldn’t publish her novel with “commercial success,” and even offered up some eye-rolling tips like writing an “alluring blurb” and to take a look at “the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook.” Clearly they didn’t know who they were dealing with!
Rowling continued to talk about how each rejection affected her and that even though she was dead-set on submitting to every publisher, she was still doubtful each time.
She revealed that even after the success of Harry Potter, publishers were still turning her down – twice in fact!
Finally, one user asked her how to get the courage to risk it all for the things that she loves when she doesn’t have enough of a support system if all fails?
Take this as motivation, don’t give up and know you can achieve anything you put your mind to…as long as you put in the hard work!
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