I’m inside this book in the form of an essay. 

Last April, I wrote about my excitement over having an essay about my dog Eddie published in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s My Dog’s Life. Anytime, you get published is nice.

I’ve considered myself a writer for many years as I churned out stories for newspapers. When I cashed my check from Chicken Soup for the Soul, the bank teller asked, “Are you a writer?” I felt myself blush and I normally don’t do that.

“Yes,” I said and this time it felt a little different.

This week, the Chicken Soup for the Soul people contacted me (and a gazillion other folks I’m sure) to let me know the book is now available in ebook form. I downloaded a copy for my Kindle. It was fun to see my name in print in an ebook.

If you’ve ever considered submitting to Chicken Soup for the Soul, it’s easy. There’s a handy submission form, story guidelines and a list of possible books — explaining the type of stories they want. The current list fits nicely with all of my bloggy friends — independent woman, inspiration for writers, new friends, parenthood and the power of positive. Each topic has a submission deadline.

When I blogged about my contribution to the book, I shared how I wrote my essay so I would have something to share at my Texas writer’s group. I looked at the Chicken Soup for the Soul topics page for an idea. I wrote the essay for my group and later revised it for submission. I’m grateful I did.

There are 12 Chicken Soup for the Soul titles now available as e-books and are currently half price at $4.99 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and through your iTunes account. I don’t get a kick back from Chicken Soup for the Soul, but believe any book is good for the spirit.

What book has been good for your soul?

Leave a comment by Saturday, March 24 at midnight MST and to show my thanks to you, I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $10 gift card. I’ll give away one from an online retailer of the winner’s choice iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I believe I can deliver any of those via email. I hope that works, if there is an international winner. If not, we’ll talk. I know on Monday we determined we’re all flexible.