In 1935, American poet E. E. Cummings (more popularly written as e. e. cummings) was supposed to publish a book called 70 Poems. Unfortunately, all of the fourteen publishing houses he reached out for turned him down. He had to borrow money from his mother in order to publish his book.
Cummings self-published the book and renamed it to No Thanks. He then dedicated it to the fourteen publishers that rejected it:
The names of the publishers were strategically placed at the bottom of the book’s title. Also, the names were arranged in the shape of a funeral urn.