Thursday 14 August 2014

Literary Wallpaper

Here are ten uses an author can find for his or her rejection letters:

1.  Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife, used rejection slips to wallpaper the bathroom.

2.  David Holmstrom entered his collection in "The Great American Rejection Slip Contest".  The grand prize winner was a query letter with the simple word NO! scribbled on it.

3.  Johnny Wink, author of Seven Ways to Prune a Grapefruit, received a humorous rejection slip that looked like a Chance card from a Monopoly game.  He posted it on his bulletin board.

4.  Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild, kept his over 400 rejection letters skewered on a wire which rose 5 feet in the air.  Now they are displayed in his beautiful Sonoma County estate.

5.  Stephen King, author of dozens of horror stories, impaled his rejection slips on a nail on the wall.

6.  Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, talked about wallpapering her office with rejection slips.

7.  Meg Cabot kept her rejection letters in a mail bag under her bed which got so heavy she couldn't lift it anymore.  She has since published The Princess Diaries which has sold 15 million copies.

8.  Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse Five, liked to collect his rejection slips.

9.  Jack Canfield re-read his 35 rejection letters to get insight from the feedback.  Eventually he received many more on his way to publishing Chicken Soup for the Soul.

10.  James Lee Burke, author of Wayfaring Stranger, saved all his rejection letters in a shoe box intending on autographing them one day and auctioning them off.  But then he lost the box.

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