LAST WEEK, Blake Butler, author of 3 books and editor / co-founder of HTMLGIANT, posted his entire submission record (and what happened to each piece) from 2006-2008. The record shows dozens if not hundreds of pieces.
As one commenter, Ben Mirov, said, the document is “strangely comforting.” It seems like the tendency for many people is to just look at a writer’s accomplishments, his/her book titles, then compare them with one’s own in a way that’s fixed to a certain moment in time. This can be intimidating, disheartening. A transparent record like Blake’s is a reminder of the progression underneath it all, which, I feel, is what really matters.