Thursday, January 3, 2008
Gives New Meaning to Going Postal
Former postal worker/long rejected novelist Catherine O'Flynn (37 years old of Birmingham, England) won the First Novel Prize at the prestigious Costa Book Awards, once known as the Whitbread Prize. Apparently the novel, entitled What Was Lost, struck Costa judges as an extraordinary book, "blending humor and pathos." However, according to the TimesOnline, at least 20 agents had formerly rejected O'Flynn with different phrases indicating "that her book was not one for them.” Sound familiar? So, see, there's hope for us, all my little rejected friends. As they said a long, long time ago, before you were even born: keep on truckin'.