I am so excited. I received an email this evening telling me that one of my short stories will be published in September!
Helen Polaski is editor and compiler of several anthologies.
Some of them are:
The Rocking Chair Reader: Family Gatherings
The Rocking Chair Reader: Memories from the Attic
The Rocking Chair Reader: Coming Home
Classic Christmas: True Stories of Holiday Cheer and Goodwill
A Cup of Comfort for Weddings
Forget me Knots From the Front Porch
She informed me that my story "The Old Santa Hat" has found a home in the Christmas Traditions book as the tenth story. The book will be out in September!
My story was selected to continue to the last round over a year ago. She informed me then that she sent in 85 stories and that the office would cut approximately 10-15 stories depending on space, content, need, etc. She stated she had no control over the final cut.
I waited patiently for 13 months. But, with the email I received tonight, the wait was worth it. In September, I am officially a published author.
As I stated before in my posts, getting published is not quick and easy. You need patience and persistence.
I am not known to be a patient person, so this part of the process is hard for me.
Good Luck and keep submitting!