Saturday, 20 December 2008

David Bowman and his rejection slips

An acquired skill .

All writers collect rejection slips - its par for the course. I could have papered a wall with mine before I had my first story accepted. No one is born understanding how to produce piece of work that others pay to read. Writing to publication standard is a skill that has to be acquired. In acquiring that skill, there is pain.

David Bowman .

We all have our own way of dealing with it. Some writers never get over it and give up, some shrug it off. Novelist, David Bowman, must be quite unique in the way he finally expunged his demons.

David was apparently cleaning out a drawer when he stumbled upon some old rejection letters from agents and editors about his first novel, ‘Let the Dog Drive’ (1993).


Some of the letters were nasty,” Bowman said in an interview. He went on to say that he scooped them up, tucked them between the pages of a first edition of the book and sold the injurious collection to the Strand, New York City’s famous used-book store. “It was very liberating,” Bowman said. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

Way to go man….

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