In accordance with what Jay Lake says below about his typical choice of attire, when we met he was wearing a shirt that looked like it was on fire. Definitely makes one stand out in a crowd of authors, particularly at World Con when authors are so thick on the ground. Since that time, I have put one of Jay Lake’s books in my two-foot tall stack of Books to be Read, and I hear comments on the Net and in Podosphere to the effect that, “This guy is pretty freakin’ good.” He made a splash when his work started appearing and has since been nominated for the Hugo multiple times and been awarded John W. Campbell Award.
But here’s a clue for all the wannabes out there about how tough this business is. (See also Jay’s comment below about psychotic persistence). With numerous books and short stories under his belt, he says he has a stack of about a hundred rejection letters from Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. And he has yet to crack that market.