From The Telegraph:
They have been some of the most painful career mistakes in history: the record-label which turned down the Beatles, the editor who told Walt Disney he lacked imagination, and the publishers who rejected J K Rowling.
The misery of the latter has today been compounded after Rowling shared the painful rejection letter she received, warning her adult crime novels could never be commercially successful.
The author, who wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, was turned down by several publishers after submitting her manuscripts anonymously.
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She has now disclosed the details letter sent by Constable and Robinson, a noted crime imprint, which advised her to learn more about how to pitch and consider joining a writer’s class.
“I regret we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we could not publish it with commercial success,” it reads.
“At the risk of ‘teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, may I respectfully suggest the following.”
The publisher went on to list tips and tricks to help a budding would-be author, including asking a helpful bookshop for advice on who would best represent their style of work, learning how to write an “alluring” 200-word blurb to sell it and picking up the Writer’s Handbook.
Apologising for being unable to provide constructive criticism about the manuscript itself, it added: “A writer’s group/writing course may help.”
Link to the rest at The Telegraph and thanks to Mia for the tip.
PG thinks that successful authors, indie and traditional, releasing rejection letters would provide a clearer view of the competence of publishers.