“By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
Those are the words of J.K. Rowling – the author whose Harry Potter Book Series has sold over 450 million copies in over 67 different languages, and who is supposed to be richer than the Queen of England. Odd words from someone so hugely successful. Don’t you think?
Her success might be full of glamour, but her journey is anything but glamorous. She was newly divorced, raising her daughter as a single parent, living off meager unemployment benefits and battling clinical depression while writing the book series that made her one of the best-selling authors of all time.
She sent the manuscript of her first book to 12 different publishers and got rejected by every single one of them. Then one day, the editor at Bloomsbury Publishing sat down to read the manuscript, and so did the editor’s 8 year old daughter. The little girl fell in love with the story, and begged to read what happened next. This made the publisher agree to publish Rowling’s debut novel. Nonetheless, he did warn Rowling that she should get a day job, as she wouldn’t make much money writing children’s books.
In a year’s time, ’Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ was published, and the rest like they say is history.
This story never fails to inspire me. It reminds me of the power of persistence in face of rejection and failure.
A book series like Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before a small publisher gave it a chance. What would have happened if J. K. Rowling had given up after the first rejection? Or the fifth? Or the eleventh?
*Source for facts mentioned in this post – www.jkrowling.com
*This post is written for the AtoZChallenge.
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