I write and edit other people’s books for a living and also contribute to five magazines. So that leaves very limited time for me to write for the fun of it! But every once in a while I manage to contribute to meaningful books series and book projects. Chicken Soup for the Soul is one of my favorites.
1 in 101
When Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That? put out a call for submissions, I knew thousands of other writers would also send in their stories. But only 101 stories could be featured! So the challenge was to share the beautiful backstory of Checkers and Chocolate, two adorable shelter kittens, in the most compelling light. Their bonding journey with my cat Eggroll and their impact on my daughter had a lot to do with the narrative. This made my story extra special. After all, any time an adoption story can be told through the eyes of a child, it seems to take on a deeper meaning.
So imagine the joy I felt the morning I opened my email inbox and found a message from the Chicken Soup for the Soul editorial staff. They sent this message, which was gratifying to read:
Congratulations! Your story A Band of Brothers has been selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That? The book is now on its way to the printer! Thank you for helping us share happiness, inspiration, and wellness in this book by allowing us to publish your story.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That? is scheduled to be available in bookstores August 8, 2017.
Royalties for Rescue
The book was published by Simon & Schuster. Royalties from the book support American Humane, an organization founded in 1877 to ensure the safety, welfare and well-being of animals, and I’m thrilled to be able to help shelter cats with my contribution. My story can be found on page 163 of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That? and I hope you’ll order a copy! Every sale helps rescue animals and is such a worthy cause!
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