The beginning of Rough Beauty

I’d been a working writer for over twenty years but only published in a few literary journals, and for at least for ten of those years, I’d been trying to get a piece into Modern Love in The New York Times. Some early editor made the mistake of writing me a nice rejection on a piece titled “Marlboro Woman” and so I’d been sending new essays ever since, determined to get in.

In the spring of 2015, I got another ML rejection—probably my sixth—on a piece about a fox I had been feeding who acted as a foil for my first ever long term relationship. I was so pissed and so certain the piece was good, I turned around and sent it to Menagerie. I’ll show Dan Jones, I said. It was picked up six weeks later and published in May, 2015. Two days after that, Bonnie Solow contacted me about representation. We hit it off immediately and eight months later, I sold my proposal to Scribner.

 

Photo credit: Greg Marquez

The beginning of Rough Beauty

I’d been a working writer for over twenty years but only published in a few literary journals, and for at least for ten of those years, I’d been trying to get a piece into Modern Love in The New York Times. Some early editor made the mistake of writing me a nice rejection on a piece titled “Marlboro Woman” and so I’d been sending new essays ever since, determined to get in.

In the spring of 2015, I got another ML rejection—probably my sixth—on a piece about a fox I had been feeding who acted as a foil for my first ever long term relationship. I was so pissed and so certain the piece was good, I turned around and sent it to Menagerie. I’ll show Dan Jones, I said. It was picked up six weeks later and published in May, 2015. Two days after that, Bonnie Solow contacted me about representation. We hit it off immediately and eight months later, I sold my proposal to Scribner.

 

Photo credit: Greg Marquez

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