Things don’t always turn out as you’d hoped. Sometimes, they turn out even better.
Back in September, I was informed by the Cup of Comfort staff that two of my stories had made it into the 60 finalists for the Cup of Comfort for Christian Women anthology. I was thrilled, not because of any financial gain, which I explain later, but because these anthologies receive hundreds of submissions to consider and, to have made it to the finalists’ circle with not one, but two stories was a joy. In the case of Cup of Comfort, you generally get $100 for each story that appears in the book, but in this particular title, the pay was only $50 for each story, so, as you can see, not a big deal on the financial end of things.
As is customary, I signed the agreements for publication, read over the galleys, and didn’t give it another thought.
A month later, I received an email stating that, alas, the new Cup of Comfort title only had room for 43 stories, and my two weren’t among them. I was disappointed, but such is the life of a writer.
So, imagine my surprise when, on the very same day as the bad news from Cup of Comfort came, I received an email from the good folks at Chicken Soup, stating that not one, not two, but three of my stories had made it to the final selection committee for two separate titles, earning $200 for each story, which was six times the amount I would have received from Cup of Comfort. The real surprise was that I had forgotten about even submitting these stories. I went back and checked my records to make sure they had the right person. J To God be the glory!
One of these titles (Chicken Soup for the Soul Answered Prayers) is still in the final selection stage, which means there’s a chance the two stories that are being considered for this title won’t make it to the end, but I have faith. J
The other title, Chicken Soup for the Soul New Moms is just being released and will be on sale in bookstores March 8, 2011.
I have four of these books to give away, if anyone is interested. This book contains my story, “Adjustments,” which is about how an ordinary day in early motherhood turned out to be much more.
There are many great stories in this title, and if you know of a new mom, I highly recommend it. My sweet niece (a new mom herself) has given it a thumbs-up already. I’m actually impressed that she finds time to read.
If you’d like one of the four copies available, please leave a comment and say as much, along with a way for me to contact you, should you be one of the winners. If more than four people express interest, I will conduct a random drawing on Tuesday, March 8th, the day the book will be sold in bookstores. Cut-off time to enter will be 6:00 PM CST on Tuesday. Winners will be announced on Wednesday.