“It’s 2011. There’s a shoebox under my desk filled with rejection letters. In defiant bold letters I’ve labeled it Reasons to Keep Writing.”
Over at The Outlet, writer and recent Rumpus interviewee Nathaniel Kressen chronicles his journey from frustrated to fulfilled as he took matters into his own hands and self-published his first novel. With the help of artist (and wife) Jesse T. Kressen, Kressen stitched together and hand-painted 250 copies of Concrete Fever, and subsequently launched Second Skin Books.
Rather than your usual, expected cautionary tale, Kressen’s story takes DIY to a whole other level, leaving a fair bit of inspiration for the rest of us.