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J.K. Rowling tweets rejection letters, suggesting she take a “writing course”

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling gave aspiring writers some much-needed encouragement on Friday morning, by sharing on Twitter some of the rejection letters she had received from publishers. In response to a woman who had tweeted she wouldn’t give up writing because “J.K. Rowling got rejected too,” she wrote: “I pinned my 1st rejection letter to my kitchen wall because it gave me something in common with all my fave writers!”

Of course, her devoted fan-base immediately started requesting that she share some of those letters, and the popular author gladly indulged them. While she said that the Potter rejections were “in a box in my attic,” she did post photos of two letters she had received as Roger Galbraith, the male pseudonym under which she had started writing detective novels after finishing the Harry Potter series.

While one of them offered the standard “we are unable to accept new submissions” response, the other letter had some pretty funny suggestions for someone who at that point was one of the highest-selling authors in history. The publisher helpfully suggested she’d learn how to write an “alluring” 200-word blurb, perhaps check the Writer’s Handbook and, apologizing for not offering any criticism on the manuscript itself, they added: “A writer’s group/writing course may help.”

Answering a fan’s question, Rowling also revealed that one of the first publishers to turn down Harry Potter also sent the rudest rejection letter to Galbraith (“by e-mail!”)

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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