It’s hard to believe that one of the most beloved books of all time, Harry Potter, was rejected 12 times before it was finally published. The story of the young wizard and his adventures has captivated readers around the world and spawned a multi-billion dollar franchise. But it almost never happened.

The first publisher to reject the book was Bloomsbury, a small British publisher. They felt that the book was too long and too complex for children. They also thought that the subject matter was too dark and that it would not be successful.

After Bloomsbury, the book was rejected by 8 other publishers, including Penguin, HarperCollins, and Macmillan. The rejections were often based on the same reasons as Bloomsbury’s, but some publishers also thought that the book was too British and that it wouldn’t appeal to an American audience.

Finally, the book was accepted by a small British publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books. They saw the potential in the book and believed that it could be a success. The book was published in 1997 and the rest is history.

The success of Harry Potter has been an inspiration to aspiring authors everywhere. It shows that even if your book is rejected multiple times, you should never give up. With enough determination and perseverance, you can make your dreams come true.