“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by a dozen publishers, including biggies like Penguin and HarperCollins. Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, only took it on at the behest of the CEO’s eight-year old daughter, who begged her father to print the book. God bless you, sweetheart.”
Somewhere at Penguin there’s someone who has to live forever with the label “the one who turned down Harry Potter”. Although, on second thoughts, I’d imagine they don’t work there any more.