Thank You

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

Thank You

We owe huge thanks to all of our contributors. We know that you poured your hearts and souls into the thousands of stories and poems that you shared with us, and ultimately with each other. We appreciate your willingness to open up your lives to other Chicken Soup for the Soul readers. Writing about your families was about as open as you could be! Many of you said that writing the stories made you feel better about a particular relative, or forced you to think through a situation and gain new insight.

We could only publish a small percentage of the stories that were submitted, but we read every single one and even the ones that do not appear in the book had an influence on us and on the final manuscript. They certainly were a great window into the human condition, and they made our own families seem “relatively” normal.

We owe special thanks to our webmaster and editor, Barbara LoMonaco, who worked with us to read the thousands of stories submitted for this book and helped narrow down the list to several hundred finalists. D’ette Corona, our assistant publisher, had a big job with this book. Her normal work with the contributors was a lot more complicated with this topic, due to the number of signed permission forms we needed to get from the subjects of the stories, and the number of contributors who ultimately felt it was more prudent to use their pen names for these particular stories. That is certainly understandable given the subject matter.

It was a huge undertaking, and everyone did a great job. This book could not have been made without their expertise, their input, and their innate knowledge of what makes a great Chicken Soup for the Soul story. We also want to thank Chicken Soup for the Soul editor Kristiana Glavin for her assistance with the final manuscript and proofreading, including finding all those great quotes before each story, and we also want to thank our editor Madeline Clapps for proofreading assistance.

We owe a very special thanks to our creative director and book producer, Brian Taylor at Pneuma Books, for his brilliant vision for our covers and interiors. We hope you went “nuts” over the fun cover and the clever artwork before each chapter. Finally, none of this would be possible without the business and creative leadership of our CEO, Bill Rouhana, and our president, Bob Jacobs.

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