10 Best-Selling Books That Were Originally Rejected

Aspiring writers know how it is -those rejection slips just keep piling up. It can be discouraging. But that doesn't necessarily mean your book is bad. Some of the biggest selling books ever were published only after a string of rejections. Even Anne Frank's diary was rejected -sixteen times!
These days, Anne Frank has one of the best-known holocaust stories and the book has sold 30 million copies around the world. Surprisingly, the tale wasn’t too popular with publishers though, and was rejected sixteen times. One publisher even noted the story was barely worth reading because, “The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”

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For 'The Diary of Anne Frank' the "rejection" likely amounted to the publishers telling her father (who went into "hiding" so he could continue war profiteering like the rest of his tribesman, i.e. reason # 4533274 the Germans got pissed at Jews) to go back and excise the more blatantly contrived portions he wrote /in ballpoint pen after the war/, during which his now-famous daughter Anne died not of "gassing" (nor did anyone else) but of louse-borne TYPHUS, arguably the inevitable outcome of their tribes' brutal civilian bombing campaign (i.e., the /real/ holocaust).
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