R. the B. was feeling really down. He’d just clicked on his inbox and got the same old message: ‘Thank you for sending us your manuscript, The Stupid Sassenachs, but unfortunately we feel it would be difficult to place in the current climate. We wish you better luck elsewhere.’
R. the B. went to brood in his cave. After several hours of inner turmoil, he decided not to embark on an umpteenth revision of his fantasy novel, but to start a different project altogether. The rest, as they say, is history. If At First is now an international phenomenon, one of the best selling self-help books of all time. Its sequel, Pick Yourself Up, is due out next month.