Monday, November 29, 2010

An Early Christmas Gift and A Few Submission Opportunities

Last Wednesday I received an early Christmas gift from Silver Boomer Books out of Abilene, Texas. An e-mail from an editor informed me they would like to include "Read Away Vacation," in their Flashlight Memories anthology.

Yay! I'm excited because my essay is about how a program called "Read Away Vaction," put on over fifty years ago by the St. Louis Public Library , helped spark my life-long love for reading.

When I read an early draft of the essay to my Tuesday critique group last summer, they encouraged me to let loose and not to hold back my feelings. In my final revision I did just that. Once again, my critique partners proved how smart they are. (Thanks, guys and gals!)

For giving Silver Boomer Books approval to publish my essay, I'll receive a small cash payment and one contributor copy. I don't know the publication date, but after I find out I'll blog about it.

So, what does my good news have to do with you?

How about a link to the Silver Boomer Books
Call for Submissions page with descriptions of anthologies they might (or might not) publish in the future:

* The Faith of our Mothers. This might not actually be your female ancestors, but it should be stories of faith of real women at least a generation older than you are. Of course people like Susanna Wesley fit, but look for the more obscure ones like Mary McKendree, the invalid mother of Bishop William McKendree, a physician, a general, and lots of other outstanding children.

* Out of the Kitchen. When Sarah T. Hughes (who much later swore in Lyndon Johnson as President) was suggested as judge of the 14th District Court of Texas in 1935, a senator made a comment about the need for her to stay in the kitchen and not take the job of a man. Women pioneers in all the professions faced this kind of obstacle. Do you have stories about them you want to tell?

* Life Spinning Moments. Sometimes a comment or an event pivots a life into a new and startling direction. What happened, and where did the spinning end?

complete guidelines, including desired word count and proper format for speculative submissions, visit the Silver Boomer Books website.


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  2. Hi Mr. Lonely,
    Thanks for your comment.

  3. Congratulations, Donna! It sounds like a wonderful essay. :)

  4. Donna you are so great at inspirational stories because you inspire others to believe in themselves. I am so happy for you. Thanks for the submission information.

    Mary Nida

  5. Congratulations on the acceptance! It is always a thrill for someone to WANT your writing, paid or no, but paid is better.

  6. Yay on hearing good news!!! Thanks for the suggestions and links:)

  7. Congratulations, Donna!! I'm so happy for you! I don't think I heard that story before, so I'll wait until the book comes out, to read it!! Thanks, too, for the great link.

  8. Donna! Yay we are in the same book. We'll have to go on tour:)

  9. yay Donna and Linda. the happiest moments in my job at SBB are those when I get to make authors happy with that email and contract! congrats ladies! ~ Karen

  10. Hi Madeline,
    Thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing the book.

    Hi Mary-Nida,
    You are so sweet. Good luck if you submit.

    Hi Sally,
    Thanks, and how true about being paid for writing is good.

    Hi Terri and Becky,
    Thanks, you're welcome, and good luck.


  11. Hi Linda,
    Congratulations to you. It will be fun to be in the same anthology as you are. A tour sounds like fun--think we'll have to deal with rowdy groupies?

  12. Hi Karen,
    Thanks again. I'm looking forward to seeing the book.

  13. Congrats on the acceptance! Silver Boomer anthologies seem to get good reviews. I'm in the "Porch Swing" anthology that came out early this year and I was impressed with the other entries.

  14. Yay, you! Yay, Linda! Yay, me! :-)

    (Was SBB one of my markets of the month? Or did I just go on and on about it? Anyway, see you in Flashlight Memories! Wheee!)

  15. Congratulations, Donna! Your stories are always so heart-warming.

  16. Congratulations, Donna, and thanks for the links. I'm presently writing a story about one of my own pioneering ancestors. Perhaps it will be a fit for Silver Boomer. Also, thanks for stopping by Adventure Salon!

  17. Congratulatons on the great news! I look forward to reading your story!



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