Just a little information on the upcoming stories.

The Timeshare story will be stickied and remain on top of the page for a bit so that it can get some exposure. There is also an upcoming story that is very close to my heart that’ll be stickied as well and will be at the top even longer.

But back to the order of things.

As I work on this unknown project I decided to try out this Wordpress Blog on the side to convey information and show you the steps on the success or failure of this up and coming project.

The reason I chose WordPress is because of its ease of use, the PHP technology (which is widespread) and because I’ve already had experience extending WordPress and working with the plugins.

If you know Java and C++, PHP should be relatively easy to learn, which is the path I took.

Couple that with the fact WordPress is quite popular, easily themeable and there is already a huge widespread support for it, plus the fact it won the 2009 Open Source CMS Award it’s become clear why I decided to choose this.

And for those who are about to venture out on a limb and try blogging with WordPress, here’s an interesting page that initially confused me at vs. It’s Categories vs Tags. Happy reading.

People have heard of Abject Failure but what about “Abject Rejection”?

There is a specific letter that I keep above my desk that reminds me of what it takes to do your own thing in this dog-eat-dog world. No, wait…The world is worse than that. This is a shark-eat-shark world. The competition is vicious and will cut you a part, especially when you are an entrepreneur, a writer, actor or an artist. I happen to be the former 3. Or are you just an entrepreneur for being any of those?

The letter is as follows:

Strotham Agency Rejection Letter

Strotham Agency Rejection Letter

And it reads:

Thank you very much for your query. Unfortunately, your project is not right for us at this time. Publishing is a matter of taste, however, and another agent may feel differently–we encourage you to keep looking for an enthusiastic editor or agent. We wish you the very best of luck with your work.

Best,

Rejection Letter from Lauren

Rejection Letter from ...?

So imagine me, who submitted a transcript in my very first attempt to the Strotham Agency, to receive a letter back so fast. What could it be? What would the answer be? I thought. Yeah, the letter was sent way too fast for comfort.

I open it up and receive the above. Hmm…now, what is it trying to say? Publishing is a matter of taste and my transcript leaves a sour taste in their/his/her/its mouth? Is it even possible in this downturn economy they flung my transcript away and just sent the rejection letter? The truth is, I will never know because agencies are so busy and will not take the time to respond to a small-fry. In fact, in acting as well, studios will not take in unsolicited material or respond back. There are so many requests to be in movies and to get published that there is just no time to answer them all.

The problem is, there is no clear answer in a rejection letter. At least they sent one so you don’t ask yourself, Did my manuscript get lost? Did the Post Office not send it? Did I send it?


But one thing I did do was send a letter of appreciation back. Because I didn’t know if it was Lauren or whatever, I copied, cut and pasted (literally) her name and put it in the front of the envelope and on the letter. I mentioned how great it was (hopefully) that they sent a letter back (vs. some automated process) and thanked them for their time. This is all because I feel like we live in a busy world where there is no time to respond to everyone’s request and care for those we do not know the names of. And I decided NOT to be like them, I would take the time to respond with some outwardly and different thoughts rather than their standard rejection letter.

So, are there any signs of rejections you have lying around? Ask yourself this, does it fuel you to succeed in what you want, in your aspirations? And at what price does it fuel you? That’s the question I precisely asked myself and the reason I have it over my desk so that ever time I sit down to work, I can look up, and smile.