The inside scoop on “Chicken Soup for the Soul”

Chicken Soup Book on the ShelfWell folks, bookstore shelves are a little more full now that Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game, which includes my essay, “Short Distance Romance” on page 227, has arrived. At the Barnes and Noble nearest me, the Braintree, Massachusetts store, the book is in the self-help/relationship section nestled between 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You and 101 Quizzes for Couples.

In the table of contents you’ll find my essay in the “Never Too Late for Love” section. I wasn’t sure how to feel about that at first; It reminded me of not only my age, but how long it took me to find my guy, but now I’m feeling more comfortable with the reference.

Sandra Briggs and me at Braintree Barnes and Noble

Sandra Briggs and me at Braintree Barnes and Noble

My good friend Sandra Briggs, who’s in town from Atlanta met up with me at B and N Braintree for some girl talk and to celebrate my part in Chicken Soup’s latest publication. We made a toast to future publishing endeavors over skinny peppermint mocha latte’s and hot chocolate. I had shown Sandra the essay long before I submitted it to Chicken Soup, when it was just a Word document.  To refresh her memory she reread it while we were at Barnes and Noble, chuckling at different parts and beaming when she got to the end.

Chicken Soup Lisa keeperThe Chicken Soup people tell me that  the “contributors,” as we writers are called, make public appearances all over the country, doing book signings and talks at bookstores, libraries, and civic group events. I understand that the new volume will get a lot of attention around Valentine’s Day. I’ve told them I’d be happy to hit the literary circuit. If they schedule me for events, I’ll let you know.

Look for my essay in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game”

Chicken Soup Cover

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game is a collection of stories that will encourage you, support you, and make you laugh. It goes on sale at a bookseller near you on December 17th. My essay, “Short Distance Romance,” about how I met my husband, appears in the volume.

It is a thrill to be published by Chicken Soup. For years I have been honored to get my essays and fiction published in literary journals with small press runs. This is the first time my creative writing has been accepted by a mainstream publication. People will actually be able to buy it in brick and mortar and online bookstores. Patrons will be able to pick it off the shelf of their local library.

I will add this to my list of publishing credits, which I hope will help me once I finish my novel and start to look for an agent.

Meanwhile, I’ll be checking the mail for the complimentary copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game the editors say they’re sending me. And in case you’re stumped for holiday gift ideas, I understand they make great stocking stuffers.