Waaaay back in March 2005, I submitted two essays to Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul. In December 2005, I received emails saying both pieces were "being considered" for the book. In April 2006, I received emails that both had been accepted! (Unfortunately, only one ultimately made it in -- co-author Allison Connors mentioned this in a comment she left on this post in my blog. Probably it was only a space issue, because the essay was certainly well-written and insightful enough to be included. ;) )
Finally, over a year later, I received my contributor's copy in the mail yesterday. It looks great! (AND they spelled my last name right in every instance!)
While I've been excited to see the final production, I've also been very curious about who else made it in. I see several familiar names -- the co-authors, of course, Allison Connors and Debbie Haas. Also:
Cathy Arnold, editor of the late Graceful Bee
Lisa Bearnson, founding editor of Creating Keepsakes magazine
Jlyne Hanback, owner of ScrapSubmit.com
Ami Mizell-Flint, co-owner of Scrapbook University in San Angelo, TX
I'm looking forward to paging through it -- the first chapter is humorous stories, and it's been entertaining reading. I loved Ginger McSwain's "An Egg-Splosive Hobby"! That soooo could have been me! ;)
My essay is about my experience as a Keynote Speaker for the 2003 Close to My Heart annual convention, titled "Speaking My Piece", pp. 251-254.
Amazon.com says the book is not yet released, but it is available for pre-order. I think the release date was publicized as July 2006, so it should ship soon, I would think. Amazon has Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul in stock now!