Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Inspiration for Writers - In a Book!

     The box arrived yesterday. A beautiful brown cardboard box with Simon & Schuster’s name on the side.
     My name isn’t on the cover or the spine, but it’s “my book.” 

     In bookstores May 21, Chicken Soup for the Soul: inspiration for Writers.
     My sixth story for the Chicken Soup for the Soup conglomerate is one of the 101 included in this anthology. Four of my previous stories you can find in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books at your local bookstore, the fifth you’d have to hunt for because it’s on a forty pound bag of dog food (did you know Chicken Soup for the Soul has a pet food line?). But after five stories, I’m still as excited as I was with number one. And I have to say that this story is a big one. 

     Look at the title! This is a book for WRITERS. Writing something for other writers was intimidating. Go to any writer’s conference. There are hundreds of people there at various stages of their writing careers. I've met people who have authored over a hundred books. I’m a relative newbie.
     But I felt I had something to say. It came from my heart. And I guess it flowed onto the paper with words that spoke to the editors, too. So look for me on page 230!
     My story is titled “Getting Started.” Because everyone has to start somewhere.  

     “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”—Mary Manin Morrissey (page 6).
     It’s an inspiration to be in the book—and it will be an inspiration for me to read the 100 stories new to me. If you get a chance to read my story, come back and let me know what you think!


  1. Congratulations! I hope I can read it some day.

  2. Yay, congratulations, Wendy!

  3. How exciting! Good for you, Wendy. Congrats!

  4. COngratulations, Wendy! I will be looking for that book. I have few Chicken Soup for the Soul books on my shelf. This one is definitely special!

  5. How exciting. Yay! I think it's hilarious that you have a piece on a dog food bag, too. Writing is writing - book, magazine, collection, cereal box or ....dog food bag. Congratulations all around!

  6. This is great, Wendy! Yippee!

  7. Congrats Wendy!! So exciting! :)

  8. Congratulations, Wendy! How wonderful!

  9. I know the feeling of excitement, Wendy...I had the same feeling when I got my copies of Angels Among Us. My name isn't on the cover but I'm published just the same...;~)


    Donna L Martin

  10. Yahoo! That's great news, Wendy!

  11. You must be so excited, Wendy, congratulations!

    1. Thanks, everyone. I'm doing the happy dance while trying to keep my butt in the chair to get more work out!

  12. Huzzah, Wendy!!! I will have to get a copy of this! I'm sure your story is beautiful. :) Congratulations!

  13. Wendy, that is such a HUGE accomplishment. After reading your work in our crit group, I'm not surprised you are published -- again.