In our world of self-publication, it is so easy for authors to get their works published. (Although ease of publication does not necessarily guarantee success.) This was not the case for J.K. Rowling as she finished up the first Harry Potter book.
It took Rowling over a year to find a publisher, before it was accepted by Bloomsbury Publishing. I thought it was interesting that it took so long for her to find a publisher, because her novel was so very different than any other work of children’s fiction.
I can only imagine what a difficult job publishing would be, making decisions about what books will and will not sell, and dealing with the consequences of your decision when you are mistaken. Obviously, many publishers were very mistaken about this particular series.