********************Awhile back my first ex-husband sent me an email telling me about a publisher that was taking submissions for a book that they would be compiling. He encouraged me to send in a story as he thought that I wrote well enough to have a shot at it and I figured "what the heck, why not?" I mean, how often does one's first ex-husband ever pay a compliment? Especially when it's unsolicited and not looking to garner anything in return!
I sent a short story in and then promptly forgot about it until this morning when I received the following email:
At long last, A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers has been compiled.
Unfortunately, your story was not among the 49 stories selected for publication in the book. However, I hope you take some comfort in knowing that it was among the 200 semifinalists, out of nearly 2,000 submissions, for this book.
A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers will be available through most retail and online booksellers throughout in April 2008.
Thank you for allowing us to consider your story. I wish you luck in publishing it elsewhere.
Cup of Comfort editor
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Oh bother ... guess I shall have to settle for being published in the Letters to the Editor section of the local newspaper until I get around to submitting something else for