JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was famously rejected by a number of publishers before finally being accepted by Bloomsbury. Among the (ostensible) reasons for rejection were that the book was too conventional, too long, too weird or too old-fashioned.
The book was originally sent to twelve different publishers, all of whom rejected it. The rejections ranged from the vague (“not suitable for us”) to the more specific (“too long” and “too old-fashioned”). The book was also rejected for being “too conventional” and “too weird”.
It is difficult to understand why the publishers rejected the book, given the fact that it was a huge success when it was eventually published. It is clear that the publishers failed to recognize the potential of the book and the audience for which it was written.
The book was written for children and young adults, and the story was far from conventional. It was a fantasy story with elements of magic and adventure, and it was certainly not too long or too old-fashioned for its intended audience. In fact, the length of the book was part of its appeal – it was a long and exciting story that kept readers engaged.
The book was also not too weird for its audience. It was a story that was both familiar and exciting, with a cast of characters that were both relatable and fantastical. The world of Harry Potter was full of wonder and mystery, and it was this combination of the familiar and the strange that made it so appealing.
It is clear that the publishers who rejected JK Rowling’s book failed to recognize its potential. The book was not too conventional, too long, too weird or too old-fashioned for its intended audience, and it was this audience that made it such a success. It is a testament to Rowling’s talent and determination that she was able to find a publisher who recognized the potential of her book, and it is a reminder to all of us to never give up on our dreams.