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9 Successful Books That Were Almost Never Published

7. Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake

Michael Blake ended up finishing the initial draft of Dances with Wolves while living out of his car. His response from publishers was also difficult as he received many negative responses. Things, however, began to look up when a certain Kevin Costner found the work and encouraged Blake to keep writing after they turned the under-loved book into an award-winning film. 

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8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Literally, where would the world be without this book? The first novel of the franchise giant that shaped millions of lives (and made billions of dollars). Considered too long for child readers, several major publishing companies turned down the drafted book.

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9. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

The most extreme on this list, Dr. Seuss was so frustrated with getting this work published that he had vowed to torch it. However, before getting the opportunity to watch it burn, Seuss ran into the friend who agreed to publish the first work of many. Without that publishing friend (Marshall McClintock), all the classics like Green Eggs and Ham or How The Grinch Stole Christmas might have also never have been published. 

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