Monday 11 August 2014

Do Not Publish This Book

Consider this...

*An editor called Kurt Vonnegut's account of the WWII Dresden bombing "not compelling enough".  That account became the foundation for his novel Slaughterhouse Five.

*An editor commented on The Diary of Anne Frank:  "The girl does not, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling, which would lift that book above the curiosity level."

*D. H. Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, was advised:  "For your own sake, do not publish this book."

*The Spy Who Came in from the Cold author was warned:  "You're welcome to Le Carre -- he hasn't got any future."

*Stephen King was told bluntly:  "We are not interested in negative utopias.  They do not sell."  Carrie became a bestseller.

*Zane Grey, author of The Lone Star Ranger and many other westerns, was advised:  "You have no business being a writer and should give up."

*"It is so badly written" was the comment received by the author of the Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown.

*Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov was told "I recommend that it be buried under a stone for 1000 years."

*"Undisciplined, rambling and thoroughly amateurish writing" was the comment Jacqueline Susann received for The Valley of the Dolls.

*J. K. Rowling's manuscript for the original Harry Potter was warned it was "far too long for a children's book".  Her six sequels were even longer.

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