She was told to get a day job...

She had wanted to be a writer, but she was ready to give up. Seven years after graduating from college, she had considered herself a failure. She had difficulty finding a permanent job, her marriage had fallen apart, and she was having difficulty trying to support a child. She had no choice but to sign up for welfare, saying she was "poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless." Soon, she would be diagnosed with clinical depression and was even thinking about suicide.

During this difficult time, she just kept writing, improving on her craft, writing and rewriting. When she finally completed her manuscript, she found a publisher, but the publisher advised her to get a day job, since she had little chance of making money in writing children's books.

The name of her manuscript was titled, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." It was "Jo" Rowling's first book. You also know her as J. K. Rowling.

--Post Contributed by Jon S. Randal--

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