Posted on November 6, 2018 at 2:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As much as we love to mock politicians, we certainly don’t envy them.

Think about it: You spend time and money campaigning in hopes that you’ll win and be able to improve the world ... only to probably never hear from your constituents until they're livid.

Evidently it’s worth it for some people, like Steve Israel, a former United States representative for New York.

And after retiring from politics, he thought that surely he’d developed the thick skin that would be essential for his next venture, right?

It turns out that no matter how rough it was to be an elected official, the rejection was even more painful as a novelist.

Read his self-deprecating tale of woe in the New York Times, and be sure to be extra-kind to the next writer you see in person.

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