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20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected

Feeling discouraged? Rejected? Don't worry. We've all been there.

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8. Carrie by Stephen King was rejected 30 times before it was published.

One rejection letter read: "We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell."

20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is only rumored to have been rejected, but got a scathing review from The New Yorker.

The New Yorker wrote that Catch-22 "doesn't even seem to be written; instead, it gives the impression of having been shouted onto paper. What remains is a debris of sour jokes."