Sunday, April 26, 2009

Good News!

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!


  1. Congratulations, Janet! I remember what it was like when I had my first short story published. It's definitely an exciting time.

    Currently, I'm waiting for word from Chicken Soup to see if my story made the final cut. I am in the final running.

    Continue to pursue your writing and it won't be long until you have another short story published. Good luck in all future endeavors.

  2. Congratulations, Janet!

    I am happy for you....

  3. Yeah!!!! I'm doing the "happy dance" for you!!
    I wouldn't know how to begin to get published. But most of my writing is still in my head.
    This is so exciting! You must let us know the title of the book, when it is published and where to get it!!

  4. I am so happy for you! I can't wait to see the book and read your story. You must be feeling pretty good right now. I am so-oooo proud of you.

  5. Congratulations, Janet! It just goes to show that hard work and persistence pays off!

    I look forward to checking out the book!

    All the best,

  6. Congratulations Miss Janet! I knew you would do it!

  7. I'm so happy for you, Janet! The first publication is so exciting!! Mine was online a few years ago. Right now, I'm waiting to see if is going to publish a children's story of mine. I'm doing the happy dance with you & can't wait to see your story!
    Deb :-)

  8. WOW WOW WOW!!!!


    That is so wonderful!!!!!!!

  9. Congratulations, Janet!!! I'm so happy for you!! I know you must be so excited~all your hard work has paid off. I hope there are many more in your future to be published.

  10. Much congratulations to you! What an amazing milestone to reach. Wishing you many more happy emails filled with great news!


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