Posts Tagged ‘Peter Lampack’

3/5 – Rejection Letter — Hamish Hamilton, UK: reject my novel, I’ll still eat

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Here’s another in my occasional videos on rejection letters my first novel received (I have other rejection letters for other novels that I have received over the many years which also received excellent reviews as it was rejected, some of which I may or may not treat in video form one fine day).

This one concerns my only novel published by the mainstream, “Self-Portrait of Someone Else” (Viking-Penguin, New York) which tried to get some love from United Kingdom publishers by my then literary agent, Peter Lampack. This video is based on the letter and reader comments of Hamish Hamilton Limited publishers who sent the rejection to my agent, who passed it on to me. And I now pass it on to you…

One of their readers was kind in writing, “It is, however, powerful and impressive in its understanding and depiction of madness. The use of language is excellent and the style assured”.


If you want to read the actual letter from the publisher and readers, I’m posting them below in pdf files:

Hamish Hamilton rejection letter for Self-Portrait of Someone Else

Hamish Hamilton Reader Report One

Hamish Hamilton Reader Report Two

Here’s a video on this book and it is now available, both in ebook & print formats.

That’s that for this.

1/5 – Rejection Letter—Grafton Books

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Writers are always rejected, or their manuscripts are. This comes under the heading of, Things As They Are. The rejection does not stop, and oddly apologies rarely follow.

Way back when my first novel, “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”, was published by Viking-Penguin, New York, my literary agent at that time, Peter Lampack Literary Agency, set out to sell this self-same manuscript to a number of publishers based in the United Kingdom. It was the next step in my conquering the world.

As the refusals full of praise and regret came in, copies of the letters were kindly forwarded to me. To give equal measures of hope and despair, as these letters contained some of the best reviews/comments this novel ever received.

Now, with the novel re-issued under my own imprint, hidden people limited, I thought, in the interests of writerly retro-masochism and in a spirit of fun, I could construct some short videos around five of the rejection letters.

This first one I’m releasing was from Grafton Books. This editor thought I had a heck of future ahead of me. Well, twenty years later, my future came and went and I gave it a friendly wave at it as it passed by. Today my publishing future is pinging about on a different level of hustle and gumption.

If you want to read the actual letter, I put it into a pdf file and it is right here: Grafton Book Rejection Letter

Here’s THE VIDEO LINK! Enjoy. Leave comments on this site just below, or on the YouTube channel.

Thanks for reading.

Oh, and if you never saw my original launch video for this book, CLICK HERE TO VIEW, or the video where I read some real newspaper reviews this novel received, including from the New York Sunday Review of Books, CLICK HERE to view.

Thanks for reading and seeing and coming ’round. VE

P.S. Oh, if, in case, who knows, if you’re not the proud owner of your very own copy, CLICK HERE TO HAVE A CLOSER LOOK, read excerpts, hear audio excerpts, and links to Amazon where the book is available as print and via Kindle….