For seventeen years, Frank Pineillas worked nights and weekends on the manuscript of his novel, polishing and revising until he was sure it was ready for submitting to agents and publishers.
“This’ll be great,” Frank said to himself when he sent it out, but was crushed with each rejection note, eventually realizing the manuscript needed further revision, given suggestions by some of the editors.
“Frankie, I just got a contract on my book,” his writing group buddy Len Tanner called to crow one night, which drove Frank to spend three more years revising his novel and then sending it to fifty carefully selected publishers and agents.
After he received his thirty-seventh rejection of that manuscript, more severe in comparison to the “getting-close” ones before it, Frank finally lost hope, smashed his computer into scrap and ran to an isolated cabin in the Adirondacks.
This is why Gray Gander Press never received a reply to their email, or an answer to their repeated phone calls, accepting Frank’s novel, “Dog on a Bone,” a modern take on “Les Miserable.”
©Joseph Hesch 2012
This week’s little story is written in response to Lillie McFerrin’s Five-Sentence Fiction prompt “Perseverance.”