Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone took J.K. Rowling from living on social security to multi-millionaire status within five years. Yet initially, the book was turned down by 12 publishers. (Boy, are they kicking themselves today?)

The Potter series have sold more than 400 million copies around the globe, to become the best-selling book series in history, and of course have been the source of a series of popular films. In 2003 the BBC news announced that Rowland was already “richer than the Queen.”

Tip of the Week! You may see it as a rejection. But the publisher or editor is looking for a specific book or type of books. Your writing may be very good, but if it’s not what the publisher wants, she’s not going to buy. Your task is to find the publisher or editor that is looking for YOUR book.