JK Rowling posts rejection letters online to ‘inspire’ budding authors

The letters were addressed to Rowling's pseudonym of Robert Galbraith

JK Rowling, author behind the Harry Potter books, has posted two rejection letters she received from publishers whilst working under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.

Rowling has published three books of the Cormoran Strike series under her Galbraith moniker (2013’s The Cuckoo’s Calling, 2014’s The Silkworm and 2015’s Career of Evil). Her pseudonym pays tribute to late US politician Robert Kennedy, while the surname refers to a childhood fantasy name the author invented, Ella Galbraith.

Rowling had sent The Cuckoo’s Calling to several publishers, receiving rejection letters from Constable & Robinson and Creme De La Crime. Someone from the former company wrote to Rowling: “I regret we cannot reply individually or provide constructive criticism. (A writers’ group/writing course may help with the latter)”.

Posting the rejection letters online, Rowling wrote that she had made the documents public “for inspiration, not revenge, so I’ve removed signatures”. She also wrote: “I pinned my first rejection letter to my kitchen wall because it gave me something in common with all my fave writers!”

JK Rowling recently announced that four new Harry Potter stories set in America will feature on her interactive website, Pottermore.

The new series began to be shared online earlier this month (March 8). They will feature the American equivalents of Hogwarts – Ilvermony – and the Ministry Of Magic – The Magical Congress Of The United States Of America.

A teaser explains: “History has many secrets. The official story is never the whole story. Look beyond the surface and you will find another world running parallel to our own a secret world where magic is real.”

Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is scheduled for release in cinemas on November 18.

The book was recently confirmed to be being turned into a trilogy of films. Warner Bros. will release the movies – based on bestselling author JK Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut – in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

Fantastic Beasts… is set in New York City, 70 years before the events of Harry Potter, and follows Newt Scamander, the ‘author’ of ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them’, which decades later becomes one of Harry’s schoolbooks at Hogwarts.