Do we all know about this? I feel like everyone knows about everything except me and I am the last to know absolutely anything and the idea that I am or was ever a journalist – like, first to the story? – is a fucking joke.
(Although I did once know a news reporter on the Standard who was a good reporter but generally in life was so incredibly slow and thick it was really weird. He once asked me how a chip and pin machine worked when they were, you know, really quite widespread.)
Anyway this 100 rejections thing came to me via Annie Kelly, from whom I get most of my information now I’m not on Twitter any more. We were sitting about complaining about freelance life and creativity and whatever and she said “Do you know the thing about 100 rejections?”
And I went “No but that sounds like my daily life,”
And she said “It’s this thing, this philosophy, where you need to aim to get as many rejections as possible because if you’re not getting rejections, you’re not putting yourself out there and if you’re not putting yourself out there, you will never get anywhere.”
Honestly it has changed my life. Okay not my life but it has changed my attitude to some stuff. I wrote a children’s picture book about two weeks ago, (the idea came to me at 5am, like Kubla Khan), and I drew it all out with stick men and stapled together a dummy copy and sent it off to an agent – and it got rejected.
So that’s one. I am going to see if I can get it rejected by every single children’s book agent in the UK by the start of the summer holidays.
How about you? How many rejections are you aiming for this year?