No Thanks, Mr. Orwell

Lots of good stuff in the collected correspondence (including rejection notices) from publisher Alfred Knopf. (Although, why can’t it be online and indexed?). Here’s one:

[A Knopf reviewer] passed on George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” explaining it was “impossible to sell animal stories in the U.S.A.”


  1. One day, new writers are going to shun publishers as a whole, make sure that their manuscripts are well edited by a third-party, do some market research of their own and self-publish. Then, they convince a small investor to sponsor the marketing of their book. When a steady stream of good self-published works emerge, rejection letters will go the way of the dinosaur.