J.K. Rowling has proved that even when an author strikes Galleons, not everyone will want to publish their work.
Early Friday, the celebrated Harry Potter author posted a few of the rejection letters she received when pitching books under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
“I wasn’t going to give up until every single publisher turned me down, but I often feared that would happen,” she tweeted before sharing two of the letters addressed to Galbraith.
The discussion began when Rowling addressed a fan who had been rejected by a publisher. She wrote, “I pinned my 1st rejection letter to my kitchen wall because it gave me something in common with all my fave writers!” Then she asked if fans wanted to see the ones for Galbraith: “The Potter ones are now in a box in my attic, but I could show you @RGalbraith’s?”
I pinned my 1st rejection letter to my kitchen wall because it gave me something in common with all my fave writers! https://t.co/ZmGNWDdF7x— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2016
Rowling also noted that one of the publishers who rejected a Galbraith book also rejected Harry Potter.
I had nothing to lose and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try. https://t.co/ETEk8lcih1— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2016
Last year, Rowling explained her pseudonym in an interview with NPR and said that after Harry Potter “there was a phenomenal amount of pressure that went with being the writer of Harry Potter, and that aspect of publishing those books I do not particularly miss. So you can probably understand the appeal of going away and creating something very different, and just letting it stand or fall on its own merits.”