Publishing houses are tasked with the often-difficult task of weeding out the great novels from the flops. We’re sure every respectable editor has a mile-long list of rejection letters they’d love to take back, but the fact is that sometimes, rejection letters can be helpful. Rejected authors can take the feedback offered in letters to learn about the strengths of their work, find out what’s misunderstood, and where they may need to develop further. Rejection can also be a catalyst for passion and rebellion, as we see in many of the stories that follow here. Read on to find rejection letters that are part of the story of works that went on to greatness; brief disappointments that ultimately helped famous writers to pen amazing works.