I always expected to have stories rejected by publishers and literary agents. It’s part and parcel of being a writer. In fact, if you haven’t been rejected you could be most unwelcome in literary circles. Who wants to hear about the first attempt which became a best-seller and was made into a movie while your still slaving away on the first draft of a flash fiction masterpiece?

I set up a CreateSpace account to self-publish my first collection of short stories as they offer the option for print-on-demand and e-books. While completing their form, I decided to apply for a US ITIN number so that the millions I earn in the USA will only be subject to tax in my country of residence. I filled in the form after lengthy research on the internet and took my documentation to the US Consulate in Frankfurt. The staff were really helpful. Everything was checked, stamped and sent to the US for approval.

Ten weeks later post arrived – my application was rejected by the IRS!

Does this count as a rejection?

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