The Rejection Collection

My most recent short story rejection was a "personal" one. The one before that was a form rejection. As were the three before that. I am making progress on my rejection goal. 100 rejections for 2021. Why aim for so many rejections? Am I a masochist? Do I enjoy making myself feel bad? Do I... Continue Reading →

Other People's Rejection Letters: 150 Letters You're Happy You Didn't Get by Bill ShapiroMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThere's a little post-it on the cover that reads: "Relationship Enders, Career Killers, and 150 Other Letters You'll Be Glad You Didn't Receive." Sooooo true.Listed in this book are foreclosure notices, job rejections, etc., which you would... Continue Reading →

Let us say "Unprofessional"

All right, so I'm not going to name names, but I have to bitch just a little about a magazine and its submitters that recently created a pain in my ass.I have a special e-mail address that I use when submitting so that things like rejection letters do not get lost in some random junk... Continue Reading →

Top Chef and the Publishing Process

Top Chef, for me, is interesting to watch because the chefs competing are already successful, creative, and they are willing to learn. Because they want to be number one. The best. Every last one of them. Cooking is something that you are a student of your entire life. Like music. Like art. Like writing.These men... Continue Reading →

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