Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Chicken Soup for the Soul

I'm inside this book in the form of an essay. 
Last April, I wrote about my excitement over having an essay about my dog Eddie published in Chicken Soup for the Soul's My Dog's Life. Anytime, you get published is nice.

I've considered myself a writer for many years as I churned out stories for newspapers. When I cashed my check from Chicken Soup for the Soul, the bank teller asked, "Are you a writer?" I felt myself blush and I normally don't do that.

"Yes," I said and this time it felt a little different.

This week, the Chicken Soup for the Soul people contacted me (and a gazillion other folks I'm sure) to let me know the book is now available in ebook form. I downloaded a copy for my Kindle. It was fun to see my name in print in an ebook.

If you've ever considered submitting to Chicken Soup for the Soul, it's easy. There's a handy submission form, story guidelines and a list of possible books — explaining the type of stories they want. The current list fits nicely with all of my bloggy friends — independent woman, inspiration for writers, new friends, parenthood and the power of positive. Each topic has a submission deadline.

When I blogged about my contribution to the book, I shared how I wrote my essay so I would have something to share at my Texas writer's group. I looked at the Chicken Soup for the Soul topics page for an idea. I wrote the essay for my group and later revised it for submission. I'm grateful I did.

There are 12 Chicken Soup for the Soul titles now available as e-books and are currently half price at $4.99 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and through your iTunes account. I don't get a kick back from Chicken Soup for the Soul, but believe any book is good for the spirit.

What book has been good for your soul?

Leave a comment by Saturday, March 24 at midnight MST and to show my thanks to you, I'll enter your name in a drawing for a $10 gift card. I'll give away one from an online retailer of the winner's choice iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I believe I can deliver any of those via email. I hope that works, if there is an international winner. If not, we'll talk. I know on Monday we determined we're all flexible.

34 comments:

  1. Those dogs are so cute Stacy. Can you still buy the hard copy? I'd like to get one. Congrats!

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  2. I bet it is a really great feeling to be "published"! I like stories about dogs (and pets) and how they make our lives better. :)

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    1. Erik, Our dogs have added a lot to our family.

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  3. Congrats, Stacy! So cool. I really enjoyed Marley and Me before it became such a phenomena. I saw it in my local bookstore a few weeks after we lost our last lab. It was exactly what I needed, and the cry was cathartic. I still will not watch the movie, though. Thanks for sharing about Chicken Soup.

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    1. Vaughn, Thanks. My husband cried and cried at the movie. I wouldn't watch it again.

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  4. How terrific! I must have found your blog after those posts of April 2011, so I thank you for sharing them here so I could enjoy them. The bank teller encounter is the best!

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  5. Wow, this is so cool! Congrats! I'm definitely going to check it out.

    I love the Chicken Soup books. I've read a number of them.

    And...I went to my library yesterday and they have ebooks to borrow! I'm all set to go! I can't believe I didn't know about this! Thanks so much. :)

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    1. Glad to hear that Kelley about the ebooks at your library. I downloaded a cupcake cookbook today.

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  6. This is a Chicken Soup book I would love - unless the stories are sad! I have never submitted to Chicken Soup, but I have a friend who has had 2 or 3 of her stories published in different books. Thanks for the motivation to go look at their lists again, and congratulations on being published! That is SO AWESOME!!! I will have to get this one if you are in it :)

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    1. Susanna, I've used the CSS list several times as a writing prompt for an essay.

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  7. Congratulations on the story. Can you give us a hint of the "essence" of your story? Thanks for shaing this again. I went back and read your article last year. Never thought to submit something. The entry process is relatively simple. Thanks for talking about this medium again. I can imagine the smile on your face when you deposited the check and the bank teller's comment. Thank you!

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    1. Pat, "I'm Not Crazy, I just Have a Dog" is a short essay about how Eddie and I became buddies when I moved out of state and began a new life following my late husband's death. The titles vary, so I check to see if anything new strikes my writing fancy.

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  8. I've considered submitting a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Thanks for the reminder—and inspiration. ;)

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    1. August, You should. Lots of fun topics right now on the site.

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  9. Congratulations, Stacy! Enjoy the thrill of seeing your name in a book. =)

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    1. Keli, Yes. It's fun even in an anthology. I might pass out if my name were on the cover. I hope I can test that theory one day.

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  10. Congrats Stacy--so very cool :)I can't think of one book that has been good for my soul--I guess that's a good thing that there's more than one :)

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    1. Coleen, I read the Descendants last year. It was good for my soul and I hope to find it on DVD this week. :)

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  11. This is so great! Sounds like a good read...congratulations! Being published is always a good thing:)

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  12. Congrats on the publication! How fun to have it as an ebook now too. Thanks also for the submission links for Chicken Soup for the Soul. I will have to check them out.

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    1. It is fun to have work in an ebook (and I didn't have to format anything)!

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  13. Congratulations, Stacy! That is great. I appreciate the information for submitting. I will be looking at that closely.

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    1. Penny, I hope some folks do submit. One never knows.

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  14. I'm late getting here, but congratulations. I always mean to contribute, but I lose track of the deadlines. I still don't have my submission mojo in sync for a lot of things.

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    1. Not late at all Julie. I lose track of deadlines too. In this case, it was random and that's when I got published.

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  15. Congratulations! How cool! I think I'd blush, too!

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  16. Thanks Christie, Nina and Susanne!

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