It never ceases to amaze me that Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers continue to find new topics for the anthologies they produce in massive numbers. What started out as one anthology exploded into a multi-million dollar per year business. Good for the publishers and good for the writers who have been accepted for various titles.
I've received calls for stories for two new titles this past week. One is Say Good-bye to Back Pain and the other is Say Good-bye to Stress. Both books will have stories by people who have dealt with and learned to manage both these problems. A medical expert will add some expertise on each subject. Not everyone has had to live with debilitating back pain, but I think it's safe to say that we all have stress in our lives of one sort or another. Learning to meet it head-on and push it out of your life is the type of story they're looking for. If you want to learn more about these and other books in the works, check out the Chicken Soup website. Be sure to note the deadlines for submission to each book listed.
At the end of December 2010, Chicken Soup released a book called Shaping The New You, which was about getting fit through diet and exercise. Now, these next books on back pain and stress are in the works. It sounds as though there is going to be a full series on medical issues. With the long list of these, we should be set for many more books down the line.
Ever since receiving the notices from the Chicken Soup publishers, I've been raking through my memory bank to determine what I might write about for these new books. I haven't made any decisions as yet, but one thing will start repeating itself in my mind, and that's the one I had better pay attention to. There is no limit on the number of stories a writer may submit, so send as many as you like.