Murray the Elf

September 15, 2000

Post #1180 – 20000915

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

I have been a fan of yours ever since a friend of mine turned me on to Toothgnasher Superflash. Many years later, I married said friend, in part because he still had his copy of Fishwhistle (mine had walked). Now I am trying to emulate you by writing children’s books. Pray tell, how does one live through all the rejections prior to the first sale?

Daniel replies:

Apparently I lived through a lot of rejections, because there are two foot lockers full of them in my barn--but I hardly remember them. Deluded and ignorant as I was, I assumed getting all those rejections was a minor and temporary obstacle that would soon go away.