JK Rowling shares Robert Galbraith’s rejection letters on Twitter

JK Rowling blurred out the signatures of the publishers, saying she was posting them on Twitter for inspiration, not revenge.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 26, 2016 1:05 pm
JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling, Twitter, rejection letters, publishing, publishers, Constable & Robinson, Creme de la Crime, Severn House Publishers JK Rowling was turned down when she submitted the manuscript of The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. After a fan’s request, she has posted the images of two rejection letters on Twitter. Take a look. (Source: Wikimedia Commons, JK Rowling via Twitter)

All struggling authors out there, take a look at JK Rowling’s Twitter account right now. She knows how disheartening it can be to see the rejection letters pile up. So, she has posted pictures of two rejection letters received by Robert Galbraith — the pseudonym under which she wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling series. The Cuckoo’s calling eventually released in 2013 to critical acclaim and sold 1,500 copies before Rowling was revealed to be behind the pseudonym.

Rowling posted the letters as a response to a fan request and blurred the signatures, emphasising the act was not for vengeful purposes — but for the sake of inspiration.

The letter from publishing house Constable & Robinson said it “could not publish [The Cuckoo’s Calling] with commercial success”. It suggested politely that Galbraith “double check in a helpful bookshop” or in the twice-yearly “buyer’s guide of Bookseller magazine”, about who the current publishers of his fiction genre are. It even said “a writers’ group or writing course may help” Galbraith to get constructive criticism of his debut crime novel. The second letter — from Creme de la Crime publishers — simply explained that they have become part of Severn House Publishers and would be “unable to accept new submissions at the moment”.

In case you are wondering…

The tweet has been liked over 20,000 times and been retweeted almost 8,000 times by now. Reactions to the tweet have been interesting.

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