Everybody gets rejected

I got this from the late great King Features editor Jay Kennedy in like 2003. It’s the most handwriting I’d ever gotten on a response. Despite the fact that it was an explanation of my being rejected, and the fact that he couldn’t be bothered to spell Ozy’s name correctly (really, few ever have), it helped keep me going.



  6 comments for “Everybody gets rejected

  1. J. M. Thayer
    May 22, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Wow! That’s a great rejection. All I usually get is the standard form letter or “what you wrote is not marketable” spiel. I used to be devastated, but now I see them as fuel. I recently realized that I need to write what I want, for myself. Trends always change. Fashions change. Eventually, someone will want what you have… especially if it truly is of yourself.

  2. May 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I got one from Jay too…important to get those to keep you going. It might be a rejection but at least you know you’re on the right path.

  3. Averagemoe
    May 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    If it’s any consolation, I’ve always spelled Ozy’s name right, no matter how hard my spellchecker complains.

    • Averagemoe
      June 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      In fact, I find it slightly more annoying when fan artists get the color of Millie’s feet wrong.

  4. Hoolia
    May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Hello Dana

    My daugther Siena, 6 really likes your books and wants to send you a letter. I see you are in WA this week and we are not too far away we leave in Vancouver , BC!!

    Last nite she wrote you a letter with a cute drawing and I would love to send it to you…

    Any ideas?

    Have a great day!

    Hoolia and Siena

    • Dana Simpson
      June 3, 2016 at 11:10 am

      I would certainly love that! PO Box 98512, Des Moines, WA, 98198! <3

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