Just to give us all a little hope, I thought a list of books that have reached great acclaim but were first rejected might be fun. Here's two to start. Dune, by Frank Hurbert. 1966. Frequently cited as the worlds greatest Si Fi novel. Was rejected by more than 20 publishers before being taken up by Chilton books, a company known for its automotive repair guides. Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. 1943. Sold more than six and a half million copies. Was rejected by 12 publishers until a young editor risked his job to get it published.