Maybe I spoke too hastily? Two cards arrived from the Post Office informing me two unpaid packages were waiting to be picked up. This did not make me happy. I went. I paid. I picked them up. Both packages were copies of Worms Below (my children’s book) returned from two different publishers. Both were in the addressed envelopes I’d enclosed complete with stamps… that were now somehow missing. I had to pay to read my own rejection!
There are no bounds to the amount of rejections that fly through my letterbox. Today’s one was a script for a play and as I read it I could see why, it’s just not good enough. Rejection of writing has the edge over rejection of illustration. Perhaps it’s the added personal directness and the fact that my writing often feels unfinished, though I can’t spare any more time on it. I know it suffers from not being my main activity but I don’t have the confidence to leap into it (I know, I have ‘some talent’ but…) Perhaps I need to make more effort?
An interesting request arrived. It’s from the organization Illustrators Anonymous (‘helping illustrators through the darkness’) asking if they could use some of my illustrations for their membership brochure. The email was very nice and words like favour, you will be fully credited and we’d be delighted all guarantee one thing… a low budget (correct! There was £100). I didn’t consider saying no as IA is a great organization I fully support. What they wanted was four illustrations. Two would come from my existing body of work and the others from scratch. I got to work on roughs.
Some days, coming up with a coherent witty idea just seems impossible. Today is one of those days. The cover illustration for IA was the one giving me the most trouble. Nothing remotely good would come to me. I ploughed on, as you have to when it's your job and I can’t have something as trivial as ‘no ideas whatsoever’ stop me!
My first idea ready to wow IA new recruits plopped into their email tray: They must think I’m off my rocker… Yes, they did. More ideas were requested. Again it was like getting blood from a stone but eventually I cobbled my second batch of ideas together:
1. stabilizers for beginners.
2. Guy ropes prepare for rough conditions.
3. Joining for lift off
4. Smooth landing (or possibly behind enemy lines?)
All four were rejected for the cover. Back to the drawing board.
To be continued…
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