Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

14 Best-Selling Books Repeatedly Rejected by Publishers

M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker

Before the television series, there was the film. Before the film, there was the novel. Richard Hooker's unforgettable book about a medical unit serving in the Korean War was rejected by 21 publishers before eventually seeing the light of day. It remains a story of courage and friendship that connects with audiences around the world in times of war and peace.

Our list of repeatedly rejected best-selling books continues on the next page with a horror classic.