I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written in this blog and I’m also sorry to be writing about Christmas in August but the news I’m about to reveal is kind of a big deal.
Last year after Thanksgiving I wrote a blog post titled Thanksgiving with the Family about-you guessed it- the Thanksgiving I spent with my family. After I wrote it I noticed in one of the emails I get about submission opportunities for writers that Chicken Soup for the Soul was looking for holiday stories for their book The Wonder of Christmas. I was really in to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as an adolescent and the story I’d just written sounded like something that might appear in one of those books so after making a few slight modifications I submitted it.
I knew it was a long shot since they get thousands of submissions for each book and only have room for 101 stories. Unlike most publications, they don’t send rejection letters. They only notify you if your piece has been accepted. That works for me because I’m pretty sensitive to rejection.
Months and months passed and I heard nothing back from them. I figured my story hadn’t been selected and pretty much put the submission out of my mind.
Then in the middle of July I noticed an email from Chicken Soup for the Soul in my inbox. When I opened it I was informed that my story had made it past the first selection round. They asked for my permission to publish it and had me write up a short biography. They said that giving my permission did not guarantee that my story would appear in the book but they needed my permission to consider it. Final decisions would not be made until about a month before the publication date, which was October 16th.
I eagerly filled out the forms they had sent to me and sent them back. I knew I shouldn’t get my hopes up but I was pretty excited. I kept stalking Chicken Soup for the Soul on social media looking for updates on their holiday book. A few days in to my stalking I noticed that some people who had submitted to the book were sharing the emails they’d gotten informing them that their stories had made it to the final selection round. I had not gotten such an email so I figured my story had not made the cut. I was disappointed but I told myself to be proud that I’d made it as far as I had.
Then on July 28th, I got an email informing me my story had in fact made the final selection round. I was sent a copy of my story as it would appear in the book along with the funny quote they’d chosen to accompany it.
And then today I got an email informing me my story had been selected to appear in the book and the book had been sent off to the printer.
So as of October 16, 2018 I will be a published author and I can add being published in a book to my list of life accomplishments. It’s a good feeling.