“Being a published author” isn’t exactly a “job” but it’s something we all dream of. (Or is your humble blogger the only one with dreams of literary stardom? We think not.) So we read with great interest the story of Jacob Appel, who has been published in a bazillion prestigious literary journals but has racked up 11,100 rejections along the way.

More than one hundred prestigious journals said yes; others said “Please don’t send your work to us ever again.” Still another rejection slip read: “Dear Mr. Appel: Do not consider this note of rejection specific to this story. Consider it a preemptive rejection of anything else that you are thinking of sending our way. The Editors.” And yet he’s writing for the love of it and getting published.

Whatever, though. He still doesn’t have this dude beat.