JK Rowling is sharing a pair of rejection letters she received from publishers when she was writing under her pen name, Robert Galbraith.
The Harry Potter author posted the letters to Twitter Friday as a way to encourage budding writers to keep on writing. The letters themselves reject the publication of Rowling’s first effort after the Harry Potter series, The Cuckoo’s Calling.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2016
“I regret that we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we could not publish [your book] with commercial success,” reads one letter from Constable & Robinson. It goes on to ask Rowling to check the “buyer’s guide of Bookseller magazine” to find a proper publisher.
Rowling, for her part, sold more than 400 million books in the Harry Potter series. The series later became the second-most lucrative film franchise in history.
“I had nothing to lose and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try,” Rowling said Friday.