My First!


I’m starting a collection of these. I haven’t done anything like this for a looooong time, and this doesn’t bother me (the only thing I regret is the entry fee), but they took a long time to decide and I take comfort in that. (Delusions are nice. Do the voices in my head bother you, too?)

It made me wonder, though… who out there holds the record for rejection letters? It’s par for the course. Steinbeck got hundreds before getting “Of Mice and Men” published. What stories do you have? How do you react? Lots of bourbon? Long walks on a short pier? A shrug and then thinking “I can use this!” ?



8 Replies to “My First!”

  1. That’s awesome! Your work is wonderful – so keep submitting – and definitely keep writing. I myself have a whole love/hate relationship with the submission process, just because of the amount of time it seems to take, and then those pesky rejection letters, when they come, means no return on the time it took to submit in the first place. But I do like to think of rejection letters as small banners of courage though – how we’re willing to put our work out there and even if it doesn’t get picked up – to not take it personally. “)

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  2. 😦 A visible collection of rejection letters is what kept Stephen King moving forward… I read somewhere. I’m a fan of your work, and I know I’m not alone. 🙂

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  3. That’s a great attitude to have, and the right one, I think. I watched a documentary last night on female comedians. They interviewed Joan Rivers, among others. One thing that these successful comedians had in common was that they each got up on stage repeatedly, even if they flopped. Joan Rivers was booed off the stage, but she still knew that she was funny, so she just kept going.

    When you know you’ve got something, you just have to keep pushing it through. I could use a little of your good attitude for myself. 🙂


    1. Thanks. I think you have a pretty good attitude already, actually. But if you want to follow my model, just screw up as much as possible but pretend it was just someone else’s fault. 🙂

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