Growing a Thick Skin

12 repeatedly rejected writers who later made it big

Rejection is hard, especially when the thing being rejected is a book you've poured your heart, soul, sweat and tears into. But take heart--plenty of writers who went on to become highly successful were rejected again and again before finally making their breakthrough. Just proves the old adage: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

1. City of Glass

Paul Auster
GWTW cover

3. Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell
Call for the Dead cover

4. Call for the Dead

John Le Carre

5. Rocannon's World

Ursula K. Le Guin
The Eyre Affair

7. The Eyre Affair

Jasper Fforde
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8. Carrie

Stephen King
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9. Lanark

Alasdair Gray
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10. Dune

Frank Herbert
Dubliners cover

12. Dubliners

James Joyce

List created by

Lynsey Rogers

Lynsey Rogers is the writer development co-ordinator with Scottish Book Trust.

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