Eimear McBride, a first-time novelist who failed to get her book published for almost a decade has been named the surprise winner of the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.A Girl Is a Half-formed ThingLord of the Flies - by William Golding
In 1953, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies manuscript was perused for seven months by assorted publishers, who all returned it.
Faber’s reader rejected the submission as “absurd & uninteresting... rubbish & dull”.
Charles Monteith, hired as an editor by Faber a month before, plucked the book from the bin and persuaded colleagues to buy it for £60.
As a set text for schools, Lord of the Flies went on to sell millions of copies.
Harry Potter - by JK Rowling
JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a struggling single mother on benefits and faced 12 rejections, eventually selling the book for £1,500 to Bloomsbury.
The series went on to break sales records and was turned into the blockbuster films. Rowling is now worth an estimated £570million.
Carrie - by Stephen King
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While trying to persuade publishers to accept Carrie, 20-year-old Stephen King was told by one it wasn’t interested in sci-fi concerning negative utopias because it didn’t sell.
Thirty publishers rejected Carrie before Doubleday took it on. King has now sold 350million books globally.