This author's first novel won a prestigious award after being rejected 78 times

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2015 Man Booker Prize Goes To Jamaican Marlon James



Any author will tell you, the life of a modern day writer requires tough skin. That sentiment especially rings true to Marlon James, the writer who just won the prestigious Man Booker prize this week for his incredible accomplishment in fiction.

But what's really amazing is that James's award-winning work, "John Crow's Devil" was rejected by 78 publishers.

The author told BBC that the string of disappointment lead him to eventually take a brief hiatus from writing, stating "I did give [writing] up. I actually destroyed the manuscript, I even went on my friends computers and erased it."

Thankfully James later revisited "John Crow's Devil" from his emails and decided to move forward with the piece.

The book, which was voted unanimously as the winner for the year, is sure to be a hit. And for it being James's first novel, it's quite an accomplishment. The £50,000 cash prize -- that's over $77,000 -- doesn't hurt either.

Talk about an underdog story.

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This author's first novel won a prestigious award after being rejected 78 times
Jamaican author Marlon James holds his novel and the award after his book 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' was named as winner of the 2015 Booker Prize 2015 for Fiction, poses for photographers following the award ceremony at the Guildhall in London, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Jamaican author Marlon James holds the award after his book 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' was named as winner of the 2015 Booker Prize 2015 for Fiction, poses for photographers following the award ceremony at the Guildhall in London, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Marlon James, author of "A Brief History of Severn Killings", speaks after being named as the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015, in London, Tuesday Oct. 13, 2015. Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)
Author Marlon James poses with his book 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' on stage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. James is one of six short-listed authors of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The winner will be announced Tuesday Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Photo by: KGC-42/STAR MAX/IPx 2015 10/13/15 Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall at the presentation of the Man Booker Prize For Fiction with the winner of this year's prize, Marlon James, author of "A Brief History of Seven Killings". (Guildhall, London, England, UK)
Jamaican author Marlon James holds the award after his book 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' was named as winner of the 2015 Booker Prize 2015 for Fiction, poses for photographers following the award ceremony at the Guildhall in London, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Author Marlon James named as the Winner of The 2015 Man Booker Prize for 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' at The Guildhall on October 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Marlon James, writer, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on October 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
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