Essay — New Story Buzz

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Getting published is always a thrill, and this month Going Where You Look, written under my writing partner’s byline, will be one of the essays featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers.

We’ve come a long way since we decided to write together. At first there were enough rejection slips to block out Carpenter Country’s sun. But then we started having fun with our imaginary characters and fictional themes. Soon our stories found a home in several editions of a soft cover series called The WomanSleuth Anthology.

Life was pretty cool. We wrote and the publishers did the publicity.

How times have changed!

Promoting our 2012 electronic novel The SkyHorse meant getting active with blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media formats available in cyberspace. At last count there were upwards of 2 million e-books online. If we wanted to stay in the forefront, neglecting even a single advertising venue was out of the question.

When Chicken Soup accepted our essay, I figured more promotion, less writing time. The fun’s really over.

But guess what–Chicken Soup books already have built-in media recognition, and with a topic like Inspiration for Writers, an on-the-spot market. Yes, we’ll have to jump on the publicity bandwagon, but hopefully not for very long.

A few weeks ago, I added the following signature to my emails. Today, to up the hype, I’m including six more words:

Check out our story, Going Where You Look,
in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers,
in bookstores May 21, 2013. Find it. See it. Buy it.

Okay, I’m glad that’s out of the way, now it’s on to our next tale.

What’s it going to be about?

Who knows–but the two of us will have fun finding out.

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