Editor D'ette Corona from Chicken Soup for the Soul wrote to congratulate me that my story "Unexpected Joy" has been selected . . . .
Oh, wow! That's great news!
. . . to appear in their proprietary Christmas manuscript.
Wait, what? Proprietary Christmas manuscript?
I kept reading.
"Proprietary" means the book will not be widely available, but only at specific merchants during the Christmas season. Okay, that sounds good.
In this case the merchants are Wal-Mart and Barnes and Noble. Woo hoo! That sounds fantastic!
At Wal-Mart, the book will be called Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas.
At Barnes & Noble, it will be called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Christmas.
Both books will be special gift editions -- hardcover, with pretty endpapers and a red ribbon place holder. Sounds lovely!
I will receive my payment and complimentary copies of each book in October or November. Cha-ching!
The editors are not sure of the exact release dates yet. That's okay. I can wait.
Once the release date is announced and cover is available I will post it here.
I am so excited!
I am also very greatful to the members of Coffee and Critique for their suggestions and comments on my manuscript-- especially Alice who helped with last-minute suggestions the night of the deadline.
Thanks guys and gals, you are the best!