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2/5 – Rejection Letter—Chatto & Windus, UK: Getting a novel published by the mainstream can seem like struggling to climb stairs on all fours half-naked.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010




This is my second video (of five) on rejection letters my first novel received. Click here to get to the previous video which explains the idea which I’m not repeating here because I got other things to do.


Some Back Story, nevertheless:
My only novel published by the mainstream, “Self-Portrait of Someone Else” (Viking-Penguin, New York) tried to get some love from United Kingdom publishers by my literary agent at that time. This video is based on the letter Chatto & Windus sent in reply to my agent, who passed it on to me.


Chatto & Windus and The Hogarth Press were generous with their no. Here’s a direct quote::“I was much impressed with it in certain ways—I found it a very intelligent novel in all sorts of ways.”


Here’s THE VIDEO LINK!


If you want to read the actual letter, here it is in a pdf : Chatto & Windus Rejection Letter.





I had some fun. You can leave comments (on this site at the bottom of this…or on the YouTube channel after you’ve seen it). Oh, and spread the video link to anyone you think might be amused, appalled or enlightened.


Here’s some stills from the video:









Thanks for reading and pushing it around. VE