Writing Tips: Top Story Rejections


Writing is about persistence and the right chance. Many unpublished writers still try and get an publisher the old way through literary agents. For those of you that keep getting rejected by an agent or publisher, keep your head up. Below are some of the more famous author rejections and how many books they sold.

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Sold over 15,000,000 copies

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – Sold over 10,000,000 copies

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling РSold  over 600,000,000 copies

Dune by Frank Herbert – Sold over 12,000,000 copies

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – Sold over 100,000,000 copies

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Sold over 65,000,000 copies

The Godfather by Mario Puzo – Sold over 30,000,000 copies

A Time to Kill by John Grisham – Sold over 1,500,000 copies

Animal Farm by George Orwell – Sold over 20,000,000 copies

The Da Vinchi Code by Dan Brown – Sold over 80,000,000 copies

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – Sold over 8,000,000 copies

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – Sold over 7,000,000 copies

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – Sold over 30,000,000 copies

Jaws by Peter Benchley – Sold over 20,000,000 copies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Sold over 15,000,000 copies

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – Sold over 50,000,000

The Diary of Ann Frank – Sold over over 30,000,000 copies

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller – Sold over 10,000,000 copies

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen – Sold over 125,000,000 copies

Ann of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery – Sold over 50,000,000 copies

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – Sold over 45,000,000 copies