This is what happened to a young aspiring writer back in 1977. He was trying to publish his first article in the Atlantic — right here in Boston.
He submitted multiple drafts, and each time they were sent back for more work, until finally the editor-in-chief returned the manuscript, with these words scrawled across it: "Let's face it, this fellow can't write."
Well that fellow was Tracy Kidder, who went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author of such books as "Strength In What Remains, My Detachment and House."
Now Kidder has co-authored a new book about the art of writing with his longtime literary partner and friend, Richard Todd, who was Kidder's first editor back in those early days at The Atlantic.
You can catch Kidder and Todd at the Boston Public Library. More information here.
This segment aired on January 31, 2013.