From Rejection to Spectacular Success

While querying the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, I kept myself motivated by reading the success stories that started with stacks of rejection slips.

Here is one of my favorite success stories:

In 1992, teacher and motivational speaker Jack Canfield decided to compile all the stories he had shared on the self-help circuit.

Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog.


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How to Get Your Story Published in Chicken Soup for the Soul

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

Yesterday, Chicken Soup for the Soul released Angels All Around, a collection of 101 fascinating tales about miracles, divine interventions, and answered prayers. I was thrilled to have my essay, “Prayers and Positive Thoughts,” included in the anthology.

Since 1997, more than 250 Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been published and over 500 million copies sold. Each volume receives thousands of story submissions from writers worldwide.

Here are Publisher Amy Newark’s best story writing tips:



Release Day – Angels All Around

I’m thrilled to announce the release of Angels All Around, the latest book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. My essay, “Prayers and Positive Thoughts,” was selected as one of the 101 stories for this publication.

About the Anthology

Good things do happen to good people, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around, is filled with 101 fascinating tales, demonstrating how miracles can happen when and how we least expect them.

The book offers glimpses into the lives of people who find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations, their prayers answered and their lives forever changed. It’s about the anonymous angels who touch our hearts and save our lives, and the astonishing power we can find within ourselves. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and messages from heaven, these stories prove that miracles can happen, every day, to people from all walks of life.

Excerpt from Prayers and Positive Thoughts

“Are you praying?”

In many circumstances, this question would be deemed intrusive and inappropriate. But considering the source—my mother—I didn’t take offense. If anything, I was embarrassed to admit that prayer was the furthest thing from my mind.

Over a month had passed since the specialist oncologist had delivered the diagnosis: Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Stage IIIB. While I had shared the stage, I had kept those first three words to myself. I didn’t want family and friends Googling IBC and discovering the seriousness of the diagnosis. In 2004, the five-year survival rate for IBC was 30 percent. As for the ten- and fifteen-year survival rates, the percentages were in the single digits and not even worth considering.

Buy Links

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Note: Guelph Public Library has six copies of Angels All Around.