Archive for September, 2010

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.”


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

WHAT’S COMING UP–fiction, textiles and memories of rejection

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Here’s what’s coming your way in the next weeks & months that me and my expanding media and publishing company (insert smiley face here), hidden people have been busy with over the summer

My novella about an artist in Belgium, Brussegem, a snug hell, coming early October 2010. Here’s the cover:

Then come mid-November, there’s my kids’ story/book The Boy in the Sandwich. Here’s an early rough drawing for its cover:

It’s for children from 8 years and up, up, up.

Also coming out with an illustrated, re-formatted version of How to Find Yourself (or a reasonable facsimile).


The launch of my Stories-on-Stuff merchandise empire (more smiley face insertions), where I’ll have t-shirts, a kid’s pj’s story called “The Dot Hippo”…another about polite babies…all sorts of different T-shirts, cups, umbrellas and such like, working with various designers: lots coming down and going on here.

A free short-short called Killing the Furniture from my “Noises from the House” section. Here’s the first sentence: When people come knocking on my front door, the first thing I do is ignore them.

Me in a video suffering from another rejection letter to a novel of mine from Chatto & Windus some years ago.

Some stills from all sorts of other videos coming up:

All this coming up and then…the next thing…and after that…the next thing.

Thanks for reading, and please stick around (or send others over to SUBSCRIBE), things are just warming up around here! Vincent