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Highlighting Rejection Day 3: Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym used by J.K. Rowling who wished to separate her thriller novels from her famous children’s series, Harry Potter. Many people are already aware of both J.K. Rowling’s struggles as an author and of her success. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was turned down twelve times and the thirteenth editor only published it because his daughter wanted to know what happened next. He encouraged J.K. Rowling to “not quite her day job.”

In theaters alone, J.K. Rowling’s movie adaptations of her novels earned her 3.2 billion dollars (Movie Mojo). Quite obviously, Rowling could easily quit her day job and focus solely on her writing.

When Rowling finally wrapped up Harry Potter and decided to move on to other books, she used the name Robert Galbraith and was rejected AGAIN by one of the same publishing companies who TURNED HER DOWN BEFORE.

j.k. rowling tweet

 Sometimes, our work needs improvement and sometimes, the publishers are just dead wrong. The hard part is, we rarely get to know the reasons behind the rejection so the best thing we can do is work to perfect our writing and be persistent in getting it out there!


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14 thoughts on “Highlighting Rejection Day 3: Robert Galbraith”

  1. It’s always crazy to me that J.K. Rowling ever got rejected, and then it’s even crazier to me that she got rejected even after she was published. It shows just how subjective writing is. Thank you for sharing this little reminder. ❤

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  2. Rejection is so hard but it definitely does force us to take a hard look at our writing and often does lead to some wonderful improvements. However, I do believe that sometimes it has more to do with the subject matter being difficult to market. That is what I believe one of the biggest problems is with my own story. Best to you and your writing!

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    1. Exactly and same here! Just reading the long lists of authors who were rejected and told “they couldn’t write” or they “didn’t understand the English language” or that their work would benefit from a “writing group” was so encouraging! Like, if they all went through that, then I am just paying my dues!

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