Chicken Soup for the Blogger’s Soul?

In my search of good places to submit original writing, one of the first I came across was the juggernaut that is the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books. Having received many of these books as gifts over the years, I was intrigued. So with my usual, What the hell, attitude, I wrote an essay and sent it off to their call for submissions on Volunteering and Giving Back. (They have a boatload of titles and topics so check out their website and write an essay to submit.)

Much to my shock delight, I’m in! The book is publishing in August and my essay entitled, “A Little Lipstick,” will be inside.

So, the point of this post, is this. If you are a writer or a wannabe writer, adopt the useful, “What the Hell” attitude. Send off your work and send positive vibes into the universe. Or, do as I did. Send off your work and forget about it completely so that you too can be shocked delighted when someone out there likes what you’ve written enough to publish it. Hitting the submit button feels very powerful. Don’t take it personally if you never hear from an outlet again. Or, worse yet, if you get an actual rejection telling you the writing is the worst thing they’ve ever seen. (Okay, no one actually says that, it just feels that way.) Just reward yourself for being brave enough to send your creation out there. You just never know what may happen.

The founder of the Chicken Soup books, Jack Canfield, was rejected by 144 publishers. No, that’s not a typo. 144 publishers said no to his concept. Fast forward to today, 500,000,000 books in print worldwide. Again, no typo, 500 million books.

If you haven’t yet been rejected 144 times, keep trying! Eat a bowl of chicken soup for comfort if need be! But keep hitting SUBMIT!