You’ve all heard her name. If you’re anything like me, you begged your parents to buy you wizard robes and take you to midnight book release parties, so that you could be one of the first people to know what was next for Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling is a sensation. Her books have been translated into 65 languages, at one point making her one of the richest people in Great Britain.
For J.K. Rowling, it was luck that got her book published. Luck, and a lot of determination. The manuscript for the first Harry Potter book was completed in 1995. Rowling writes of the experience, “The first manuscript I had to do on a typewriter and then had to re-type the entire chapter if I changed a paragraph. Then I had to re-type the whole book all over again because it wasn’t double spaced.” Rowling sent her story to several publishers, and accumulated rejection letters for an entire year before Bloomsbury Publishing finally expressed an interest in her work, although her editor warned her not to quit her day job.
J.K. Rowling is a true inspiration to many, and you can read her full thoughts on the publishing experience in this interview with Urbanette: http://www.urbanette.com/jk-rowling/