Writing is very hard work. Being an author is an incredibly difficult job, one fraught with constant rejection. The only career I can think of that probably has even more rejection than being an author is being an actor. Still, if you are to survive as a writer, you must constantly write, improve your craft, and deal with rejection: from family, friends, colleagues, grocery clerks, neighbors, and even strangers.
If you wish to go beyond the “career” of writer and become an author, you must deal with rejection on an exponentially larger scale, experiencing rejection — and sometimes insults — from agents, editors, publishers, readers, reviewers, family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, the person who bags your groceries, and even strangers.
Bernard is a writer who wants to be an author, and he found a unique way to deal with all the constant rejection in an author’s life. Bernard rejects rejection.
I advise every writer and author to follow Bernard’s example.
You’ll feel so much better after writing that letter.
Just don’t ever mail it.