My friend Ina Chadwick proposed at our Writers’ Cafe in Westport this week that we paper the ceiling with our rejection slips. I immediately went home and threw all mine out (except the ones that actually said something nice. Both of them.) But she has a point. It’s hard to feel upbeat when you get those slips in the mail (or the equivalent online response, which is a deadly silence).
So, to help you feel better, here is an article with some of the toughest rejection letters ever. And they’ve been written to, among others, Gertrude Stein, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jack Kerouac. Ouch!
I’ll bet yours aren’t as bad as this!