Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers

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     I remember the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book. I bought it to read while on a long road trip.  Each story was more heart warming than the last. I laughed. I cried. I loved that book so much. I thought the concept was brilliant and ever since I have been buying the books for my own pleasure and for gifts.

     I followed the career of Jack Canfield as he expanded into business coaching; eventually he and cofounder Mark Hansen sold Chicken Soup for the Soul to William (Bill) Rouhana, Amy Newmark and Robert Jacobs. Today the franchise continues to publish books and has a line of pet foods, a youtube channel and podcasts, and television productions.

     It was only recently that I learned how to submit. There was a call for stories for the book subtitled Inspiration for Teachers and I knew exactly which of my essays I thought might fit. I knew this was a long shot. They have thousands of submissions for each book and only choose 101 stories for each. I was delighted to get notice that I made the short list. That meant my story was under consideration but not formally accepted for submission. Then, not much after that, I got the word; my story Bonus Pay was in!

         I have been submitting essays to literary magazine for over a year with good success. It is always a thrill to see my story in print and my name as author. Chicken Soup for the Soul also PAYS! Yes, each author gets a check for his or her contribution. In addition to that, there was a twitter party celebrating the publication date. It was my first twitter party and I loved it! I am also now part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family. I get regular emails listing the upcoming book topics and announcements about what book is being published next. This was a wonderful experience all the way around. 

I encourage you to visit Amazon to purchase a copy. The stories are amazing. It would be the perfect gift for any teacher you might want to honor or thank.

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  1. Congratulations, Jude. As a university lecturer, I am definitely interested in _Inspiration for Teachers_ and look forward to reading "Bonus Pay." --Kendall Klym (from Antioch Writers' Workshop, Summer 2017)