J.K Rowling shares brutal rejection letters she got from book publishers

We all know that J.K Rowling just wins at Twitter, but we have a new found respect for her after she shared some way harsh rejection letters she received from publishing houses for her work. 

And these letters were sent to her after the success of Harry Potter. 

Yep, J.K went on to write a number of detective novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith after she had finished her monumental magical series. 

When she sent these manuscripts into publishing houses under the 'unknown' name, she was rejected several times. 

So of course, she decided to share some of these pretty brutal letters to inspire other struggling authors. 

"I regret to inform you that we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we could not publish it with commercial success," reads the first paragraph of one such letter. 

The rejection continues with a number of tips by the publishing house on how to successfully get a book published, an area we reckon J.K may already know a thing or two about. 

Finally it finished with: "I regret we cannot reply individually or provide or provide constructive criticism (a writer's group writing course may help with the latter). May I wish you every success in placing your work elsewhere." 


If J.K Rowling can't get a book published, then it's clear that most publishing houses probably don't know a good writer when they read one.