My fourth book, Recipes For Slackers scored its first rejection.
Now, I provided the postage and the self-addressed envelope, so my submission could be returned because an English Publisher requested to see it. The colour printing of the fifty page submission with cover letter & synopsis cost me 35 bucks. Being the colossal cheapskate that I am, I didn’t want to replicate that expense, so my disappointment upon receiving my rejected submission was mitigated by the fact I had another interested publisher. But it was returned to me on a rainy day… yes, you got it: my submission was wet and the colour ran…
and then I had to beat up my beloved postie with a 4 by 2…
and then I got a splinter.
So I printed out another submission and sent it to the English publishers. This meant I had to cough up another 35 bucks for printing and 15 bucks for postage. If this English lot accept my book the irony would be entertaining. I’m an Aussie and, so far, Australian literary agents and publishers are not interested in my work. Let’s keep our fingers and tootsies crossed for our English friends. I have officially finished writing so this is tying up loose ends. I am looking for a real job which has been an interesting process. I recently endured an hour long interview where I was bombarded with questions ranging from my favourite author, what is my favourite film and why, to who I would invite to a dinner party, right down to my political views.
I restrained myself from stating I was a
social anarchist with fascist sensibilities that leaned to the left.
I also restrained myself from exclaiming, “Why do I need to discuss all of this with you? This is an interview for a shoe sales position. Srsly, is this necessary? Anyway, the look on my face – the incredulity, the what-da-hell eyes, pretty much lost me the job.
In the mean time, being the production assistant for TRF Talk Radio is awesome. I am totally embracing my inner nerd and enjoying frequency pics on Spek and directionality with amps and I can totally roll a cable like a tech boss. It’s sad how much I enjoy it. A few weeks ago I started assisting with the audio at my church. I’m hilarious… and I get every thing wrong.
Anyhoo, I’ll be on the ABC radio this friday at 4.30 GMT+8
where I’ll give my warped but fascinating opinion on the latest news & events.
Shame I don’t get paid to be a sparkling conversationalist…