The Real Adrian Mole

Slushkiller is an enormous essay about writers’ reactions to rejection letters from publishing houses. As someone who has received quite a few rejection letters when jobhunting, I’m shocked as to how personally some of these people take it.

I submit for your approval:

What bothered you the most about this letter?

She looked forward to seeing it in print?! Yeah, well, me too, baby! And if it’s such a wonderful #!#@#! novel, then why did you reject it? Hey, I’ve been dumped before — I can handle it.

I would hate to be in a relationship with this stable individual.

[via Metafilter.]