I must confess, I'd never heard of James Lee Burke until just now, still less read any of his novels.
He looks like a cowboy.
I like his style.
The story of his journey as a writer is one of those that gives people like me hope.
His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Yes, today I received a rejection letter for Of Night And Light - The Novel
My feelings? Well, first I ripped the letter into a hundred tiny pieces and shoved it into the dustbin. (If only I'd thought about saving it so I could autograph it at some later date!)
Then, I was overcome with relief to have HEARD at last (it's been seven weeks, I think)
THEN, I looked at my list and decided who to send the manuscript to next.
Sometimes, I surprise myself. I trundle along in life thinking I'm fragile.
Some days, I am.
But not today.