"We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell."
(Rejection letter for Carrie by Stephen King)
"An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull."
(Rejection letter for Lord of the Flies by William Golding)
"He hasn't got any future."
(Said by one publisher to a colleague, of John le Carre)
"I haven’t the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say…Apparently the author intends it to be funny – possibly even satire – but it is really not funny on any intellectual level."
(Said by a potential publisher of Catch 22 by Joseph Heller)
"It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA."
(From the rejection letter for Animal Farm by George Orwell)
"There certainly isn't enough genuine talent for us to take notice."
(Said by a potential publisher of Sylvia Plath.)
"I'm sorry ... but you just don't know how to use the English language."
(Letter from a publisher to Rudyard Kipling.)