Call for Submissions: Chicken Soup for the Soul

Submissions

Chicken Soup for the Soul is open for story submissions in several categories:

  • Grandparents (deadline 9/30/18)
  • Mom knows best (deadline 9/30/18)
  • Life lessons from the dog (deadline 10/31/18)
  • Life lessons from the cat (deadline 11/30/18)
  • Running for good (deadline 12/15/18)
  • The golden years or second wind (deadline 12/30/18)

You can find out more here, including topic suggestions within each category: https://bit.ly/1DqrGQo

General Guidelines

Stories should:

  • True stories only
  • Beginning, middle, and end—not looking for experimental story formats
  • Be emotional for the reader
  • Pack a punch at the end

They have a lot more of these kinds of guidelines in detail, including what they don’t want, right here: https://bit.ly/2MQ4f2F

Want to read Chicken Soup for the Soul before you submit?

Here are some of their latest releases. Reading them will help you understand what exactly they’re looking for and increase your chances of acceptance.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of LoveChicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family

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Book Launch: Royal Romance Box Set

royally screwed ebook coverRoyal and Reckless is finally here! Mark this as one of your romance books to read: Sienna Blake‘s Royally Screwed is included in this $0.99 romance box set, and it’s steamy! You can
count on a great story, tricky situations, and true love in this hot reverse harem romance.

When you buy this box set, you’re not just getting Sienna Blake‘s latest book, you’re getting a whole collection of varied and exciting stories that will keep you hooked.

Which royal will rule your heart?

Power, money, and fame aren’t the only noble pursuits. Enter the world of the Royal and Reckless, where the blue bloods run red hot, and scorching secrets lie just beneath the polished surface.

Inside these pages, you’ll find stranded royals, fiancees, reverse harem kingdoms, and more than one compromising position. From hidden royalty to secret babies, plots and twisted games, there’s something for everyone in the steamy scandal behind the crowns.

Join the Royal and the Reckless with more than twenty sizzling tales of sex, love, intrigue, betrayal, and blackmail! ORDER your limited edition copy TODAY!

Including titles from…

USA Today bestselling author Terry Keys
USA Today bestselling author Laura Greenwood
J.L. Beck & Syndi Burns
Sylvie Stewart
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Hazel Parker
Kim Carmichael
Jen Katemi
Skye MacKinnon
Carmen Falcone
K.C. Finn
Arizona Tape
Maggie Carpenter
Isabella White
Summer Cooper
Mia Kayla
Christine Glover
Shandi Boyes
Stephanie Morris
Scarlett Avery
Helen Scott
Sybil Bartel
M.C. Cerny

The reviews are already rolling in

“…Sienna writes so well you get drawn in and entertained. This is not your normal poor girl, rich guy story. … You can never go wrong with a Sienna Blake story”

Craving more Sienna Blake reverse harem reads?

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Book Launch: Reverse Harem Romance

Reverse harem books don’t come better than Sienna Blake‘s Three Irish Brothers. As a reverse harem standalone, this book is an expert mix of romance novel and erotic adventure, mostly taking place in Ireland.

Can you handle three Irish brothers… all at once?

I used to think I was one of the lucky ones.

But at twenty-six, I’ve left my “perfect” life in New York behind—my perfect fiancé, my stylish friends, my high-flying marketing career—and ended up in Ireland.

Truthfully, my perfect fiancé is now my ex after I walked in on him with his—and my best friend’s—pants down.
And my career? It’s over. Because that cheating ex-fiancé of mine…he owns the company I Three Irish Brothers ebook coverworked for.
I know. I know. Don’t screw your boss. Trust me, I’m never making that mistake again.

On my way to the remote Irish farm I’m now working on, my car hits a ditch. I’m rescued by the three sexiest men I’ve ever seen.

The three Irish O’Callaghan brothers.
Broad shoulders, strong arms, accents that make me wet just to hear them.

I want them. All of them.

I know they all want me.

Plot twist…

Turns out they’re my new bosses.

Warning: This is a sexy yet emotional reverse-harem romance, a full-length, standalone novel at 50k words. Three sexy Irish brothers who want nothing more than to please their special woman. All at the same time.

Sienna’s Quick & Dirty series consists of standalone novels that are hotter, dirtier and quicker than her other novels.

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Sienna Blake delivers, yet again, with her signature brand of gritty, all-consuming romance!” ~ Lamplight Reviews

“The sex is smouldering. The characters loveable and the story well written. I binged read this in one sitting” ~ Kazza’s Books Blog & Review

“…brooding Killian, fun-loving Fionn, and kind-hearted Aiden, who could choose between them?” ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Read other Sienna Blake books that take place in Ireland

Irish Kiss by Sienna BlakeProfessor's Kiss by Sienna Blake

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Book Launch: New Adult Paranormal Thriller

Looking for paranormal thriller authors to read? Look no further! Kristina Rienzi is relaunching her Ensouled series, and the first book to hit the spotlight is Choosing Evil.

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Serafina Murano is no stranger to the paranormal, nor to evil. All her life she’s lived Choosing evil ebook coverharmoniously alongside demons despite the rage living inside of her. Damon Serpe is a conflicted demon on the ultimate mission: to infiltrate Serafina’s world. When their lives collide, they’re inexorably drawn to one another. But they’re forbidden to be together.

Chasing Evil
Dark, deadly secrets, gut-wrenching betrayal, and elusive questions that have haunted Serafina since childhood resurface in a wicked wrath. Damon holds the key to her understanding it all, as well as to her existence. If she decides to trust him, he will help decipher her recurring nightmares and unravel the lifelong mysteries tormenting her. Only Damon is harboring secrets far darker than Serafina ever imagined.

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Time is running out. Serafina is forced to make an impossible decision. To save humankind, she must sacrifice her soul, choosing to become the very evil she has raged against her entire life. Embracing her truth won’t be easy. It’s a fate that will change her, and perhaps the world, forever.

Get started on this paranormal book series today!

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Read more Kristina Rienzi books

Among Us by Kristina RienziTrain Girl: A Short Story by Kristina Rienzi30 Shades of Dead: A collection of mysteries to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sisters in Crime

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Guest Post: Story Ideas Are Like Autumn Winds

We finally have the joyous occasion of celebrating a long-awaited release: Haven Divided by Josh de Lioncourt! If you haven’t read Haven Lost and its short prequel Harmony’s Song, now is the time to grab them—they’re free starting today through August 3! Haven Divided, the second book in The Dragon’s Brood Cycle, launches tomorrow, July 31, so grab these freebies while they’re available and start reading.


Story ideas are like autumn leaves. They swirl and dance in an October wind, fleeting, colorful, and almost always beautiful. You can reach out to them, try to touch them, but most drift away, barely brushing your fingertips before they’re gone. If you happen to catch one, it is as likely as not that you will crush it before you’ve scarcely had a chance to examine it. Ideas are fragile things.

Every now and then, though, you snag a whole fistful of them, only to find they aren’t distinct stories at all, but merely fragments, puzzle pieces that might form something even more beautiful—if you can figure out which ones fit together and where.

My new novel, Haven Divided, is constructed very differently from its predecessor in The Haven DividedDragon’s Brood Cycle. There are four main POVs (and a couple of minor ones) that the story moves between. Keeping track of that many threads is challenging all on its own, and that’s before you factor in your job as the writer to make sure you don’t overwhelm or fatigue your reader.

Many seasoned authors tell new writers to just keep getting words down onto the page (or screen) and not worry too much if they’re any good. “That’s what rewrites and editors are for,” they say. In fact, NaNoWriMo is practically built on that entire concept, and a little more than one-third of my first novel Haven Lost was written during NaNoWriMo.

While the idea is a sound one that has certainly worked well for many, it has never been what works for me. In general, I write a chapter or scene, then go over it at least once, sometimes twice, trying to see it from my reader’s perspective. I edit and revise; I condense superfluous sections and add color to others. I don’t linger long over it, but I let it settle in my mind and become something independent of my imagination, something that can stand on its own. And then I move on to the next chapter.

This strategy was absolutely essential when juggling multiple POVs, and in fact ended up expanding. Whenever I would return to a character whose POV I hadn’t written in a while, I went back through his or her previous section, allowing their perspective to become my own as a reader would. Only then would I resume their tale. This made, I think, for a much more cohesive story, and keeps the reader fully immersed in each character’s world. When done well, a reader can often identify whose perspective a chapter is entering before the text itself even makes that explicit, because each POV should carry the flavor of its protagonist’s voice.

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Around the halfway mark of writing Haven Divided, I accidentally stumbled into another important part of the process, at least for me. I’d needed to put the book aside while working on another project for an extended period of time. When I returned to it, I went back and reread all that I had written so far, and I realized that the pacing could be better. Before continuing, I rearranged the first half of the book, establishing a rhythm to the story and POV changes that improved the way in which the story unfolded from the reader’s perspective. Never be afraid of moving things around. Stories and plots, just like the language itself on the page, have a beat and a tempo that matters, even if your reader is not consciously aware of it. Once I’d made those changes, maintaining that rhythm for the remainder of the book became natural and effortless, and the book itself was far better for it. Sometimes it seems that the puzzle pieces fit one way, when in fact, that bit of sky is over there, not over here.

All of that is a long way of saying this: when the evenings come sooner and the first chill and smell of woodsmoke comes to you on the autumn winds, reach out for the leaves that flutter by and try to catch a few. See if they make a picture, and don’t be afraid of rearranging them a thousand times over. Even if you crush one or two, there are always more—and they are all beautiful.


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Featured Fantasy Book Series: Thrice Nine Legends

Looking for fantasy book recommendations? Get comfy—Thrice Nine Legends fantasy book series will entertain you for a while! Fantasy authors Joshua Robertson and J.C. Boyd have created worlds of adventure with dragons, unique creatures, and complex relationships that blur line between heroes and villains.

Thrice Nine Legends is shown below in chronological order. Note that anthologies include short stories that are part of the timeline.

Anaerfell ebook coverWarden of the Ash Tree ebook coverThe Highborn Longwalker ebook coverMelkorka ebook coverOf Life and Death ebook coverStrong Armed ebook coverWhen Blood Falls ebook coverDyndaer ebook coverThe Name of Death ebook coverMaharia ebook coverHeshayol ebook coverRagged Heroes ebook cover

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Magazines for Writers of Children and Teen Stories

If you write books for children and teens and you’d like to get an agent or be traditionally published, consider writing for children and teen magazines. Publishing houses and agents are more likely to consider your book if you’ve got some genre-appropriate publication history behind you – and most magazines pay, so it’s a win-win for authors!magazine-806073_1920

These magazines accept a variety of work, including fiction, poetry and nonfiction, so most likely you’ll find a niche for your writing. Many popular traditionally published authors have gotten their start writing for magazines.

The website Authors Publish has just released its latest list of 23 magazines that are looking for writing aimed at children and teens. Take a look, and submit your best, most polished pieces. Remember that grammatical errors, typos, misspellings, poor punctuation and the like can ruin your chances of acceptance, so feel free to contact us to edit or proofread your work so it shines!

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Haven Divided by Josh de Lioncourt – Coming Soon

Josh de Lioncourt’s next epic fantasy book is currently in editing! Haven Divided is the highly anticipated second book in the Dragon’s Brood Cycle. Here’s a taste of what’s to come. If you haven’t read the first book, catch up on Kindle, paperback, or audiobook.

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~ The Importance of Rewriting ~

Fantasy author Amie Irene Winters is launching the final book in her Strange Luck series on Friday, September 22. A Darling Secret is an adventure full of unusual landscapes, new magic, and constant twists and turns. Pre-order here! In the meantime, here’s her wonderful and positive guest post on initial drafts and rewriting.

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The words poured effortlessly from my fingertips and onto the page completely free oThe Importance of Rewriting_1f grammatical errors and typos, forming a perfect, succinct, and intriguing story that everyone in the world wanted to read…said no author ever. Rewriting and editing comes with the job and there’s absolutely no way around it, but luckily there are ways to make it less painful.

Since finishing The Nightmare Birds, I re-read the entire thing a half dozen times on my laptop, then another two times printed out, then passed it off to a few beta readers, re-read it again, and then sent it off to my editors for a final polish. When I got it back, I had more editing, more rewriting. Then, there was another reading or two printed out and then a final ARC read through. It takes forever and is incredibly tedious, but it’s well worth it, especially if you compare what you originally wrote to the final thing. Just take a look at this massacred page from one of my Strange Luck edits.

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My first drafts are terrible. They’re slow and peppered with lots of unnecessary scenes and words. I also have a tendency to think a particular word, but type a similar sounding word with a completely different meaning instead. It’s super fun going back and finding those (*eye roll). The worst is when you think you’ve finally tamed the beast, but you open the Word doc to find it covered in red.

If there’s one piece of solid gold advice I’ve learned from rewriting and editing over the years it’s this: TAKE BREAKS FROM YOUR STORY. As soon as it starts to feel like “work,” becomes boring, you stop looking forward to working on it, things stop making sense, and/or you begin losing track of important details (dates, ages, hair color, etc.), then it’s time to put the manuscript down and walk away. I know it may seem counterintuitive because you’re in “the zone,” but trust me, you’ll end up doing more harm than good. I had to force myself to walk away from The Nightmare Birds probably a dozen times to recollect myself. Sometimes it was for a few days, other times a few weeks. This meant pushing back my launch date, which has really sucked, but I’d rather have a well-written book that comes out a little later than a garbled, incoherent story.

Even if you’re not experiencing any of the symptoms above, YOU STILL NEED TO TAKE BREAKS from your work. Only you will know when and for how long. Just make sure it’s at least a few times.

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Why get up and walk away? Because you’ll be able to look at your story with fresh eyes. Taking a break also rekindles the passion for your story and characters. It took me a long time to implement this practice, even after I had read Neil Gaiman’s quote when I first started writing seriously:

“The best advice I can give on this is, once it’s done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. Finish the short story, print it out, then put it in a drawer and write other things. When you’re ready, pick it up and read it, as if you’ve never read it before. If there are things you aren’t satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that’s revision.”

Walking away is one of the most critical things you can do as a writer, but it’s not to say that you shouldn’t write at all, just go write something else. Anything else. Your characters will still be there when you return. Your lumpy desk chair will still be there when you return. Your keyboard peppered with food crumbs will still be there. I promise. The point is that you need to clear your head so that when you return you’ll be at your absolute best.

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Bio

Amie Irene Winters HeadshotAmie Irene Winters was born and raised in California but now lives and writes in western Pennsylvania. She is the author of the bestselling Strange Luck series.

When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dog, baking desserts, or breaking a sweat in kickboxing class.

To learn more about Amie and her books, visit amieirenewinters.com.

Sign up for my mailing list here! You’ll only get emails when I have a new release coming up, a sale, or a giveaway.

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Website: http://www.amieirenewinters.com
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PRE-ORDER LAUNCH: A Darling Secret by Amie Irene Winters

We can finally look forward to the next—and unfortunately last—book in Amie Irene Winters’ Strange Luck series. Up for pre-order now, A Darling Secret will be released September 22, and it’s quite a shocking conclusion to the series! Grab your copy today!

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A Darling Secret (Strange Luck series, Book 3)

Coming September 22, 2017 

Learn the fate of your favorite heroes and love-to-hate foes in the thrilling conclusion to Amie Irene Winters’ bestselling Strange Luck series.

Before the Theater of Secrets was formed, before the Nameless was built, before DaisyA DARLING SECRET_AMIEIRENEWINTERS_FRONTCOVER Darling learned of her magical bloodline, there was the Realm of the Shadow Gods—ruled by the most powerful and wicked creatures known.

For nearly two decades, Daisy’s twin sister, Rose, was held captive by the Shadow Gods and survived. Now Rose has come to find Daisy to stop their impending evil from spreading into the human world. But Rose bears a terrible secret that has the power to destroy everything.

In the devastating Realm of the Shadow Gods, dark magic holds no bounds. Daisy will risk everything to save those she loves, but will the truth finally break her?

Unlock the final book in the Strange Luck series with A Darling Secret.

Pre-order today, read it September 22, 2017.

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A Darling Secret excerpt

A slow, creeping fear wound its way around me.

Tiptoeing around the mysterious plain, too afraid to call out, a surprising wisp of music came floating through the air. It was a jingly little melody—like a music box—followed by soft voices.

I paused. Through the violet-stained sky and swirling rainbow mist I saw something moving. My eyes narrowed as I stealthily approached an illuminated cave.

Shadows were gathering there.

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A Darling Secret Amazon link:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074JVRWH4?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

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Bio

Amie Irene Winters HeadshotAmie Irene Winters was born and raised in California but now lives and writes in western Pennsylvania. She is the author of the bestselling Strange Luck series.

When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dog, baking desserts, or breaking a sweat in kickboxing class.

To learn more about Amie and her books, visit amieirenewinters.com.

Sign up for my mailing list here! You’ll only get emails when I have a new release coming up, a sale, or a giveaway.

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Social media links

Website: http://www.amieirenewinters.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00XZ88V5A
Blog: https://golden-cricket.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiwinters
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13851542.Amie_Irene_Winters
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amieiwinters/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmieIWinters
Website: http://www.amieirenewinters.com

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