These Successful Authors Who Struggled with How to Get a Publisher

So you’ve written your business book, but now you want to know how to get a publisher. Contact Advantage Media Group. We specialize in publishing beautiful, high-quality business books that you’ll be proud to call your own. Alternatively, you can mail out your manuscript to publishers in the hopes that it will get picked up, as these authors did. Which sounds like more work to you?

J.K. Rowling

It’s hard to remember a time when Harry Potter wasn’t a household name. J.K. Rowling wrote seven books in the Harry Potter series (so far?), and their success spawned eight smash-hit movies, multiple theme parks, and a brand worth an estimated $15 billion. But Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected by twelve publishers. One publisher was interested in purchasing the rights to the book, but none made offers. Finally, Bloomsbury took a chance on Rowling, paying her a measly $2,400 advance and printing just 500 copies.

Following the success of Harry Potter, Rowling published under a pen name, Robert Galbraith. She tweeted that she received “loads” of rejections for both Harry Potter and the books under her pseudonym. Even when Galbraith’s book was published, it sold fewer than 1,000 copies until J.K. Rowling was outed as the author.

Stephen King

Stephen King wrote novels and submitted them to publishers from a very young age. In his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, he talks about how he put each rejection letter on his wall. King writes, “By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.”

One of his first books, Carrie, was rejected by thirty publishers before Doubleday Publishing finally agreed to publish it, offering King a $2,500 advance. Signet Books eventually bought the rights to the paperback version of the novel for $400,000. It sold over a million copies in its first year and launched Stephen King’s career in the industry.

Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a childhood classic, but it had a rough beginning. Beatrix Potter created the lovable character to entertain a sick child, and sent it out to several publishers. All of the publishers rejected it, so Potter took matters into her own hands. She decided to self-publish her book (which was rare in the early 1900s!), and created 250 copies with 41 black and white woodblock engravings. Following its success, one of the publishers picked it up, and it sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

What about you?

Have you written a business book? You can spend days researching how to get published, and mail it out to dozens of publishing agencies with carefully composed letters. Or you can work with Advantage Media Group. We are the Publisher for Professionals™; with an emphasis on business books and thought leadership, we will beautifully publish your book so you can use it to grow your business.


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