Monday, April 11, 2011
You can find it in bookstores
I wrote a story last spring for my writer's group in Del Rio, Texas. I looked up topics on the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. I wrote about my dog Eddie. I read it to the Del Rio Creative Writers at one Wednesday meeting. I revised it and submitted it by the weekend.
Then, in May, on my birthday and one day after my son's birth, I received an email saying my submission was being considered for publication. Now, on April 12, you or I can find Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog's Life with my essay in a bookstore or on Amazon.
There are 101 stories inside — funny, fuzzy, sad and kind stories about how dogs play a role in our lives. I was excited to discover a cyber buddy Peggy Frezon also has a story A Little Sister for Hudson in the book. Her book Dieting with my Dog is available for pre-order. We initially connected via Twitter. She is @peggyfrezon.
I have two asides here. One — it doesn't hurt to pick up topics from anthologies or contests. If you submit your writing, you might get published. Two — connect with people on Twitter. You can make real connections.
I'm a dog person, so I'm glad my story I'm Not Crazy, I Just Have a Dog was published.
Here's Eddie. He's a poodle, Pomeranian mix. He looks peaceful, but many days he's quite barky.