Thank You

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength

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 that you shared with us. We appreciate your willingness to open up your lives to other Chicken Soup for the Soul readers and share your own experiences, no matter how personal. As I read and edited these truly awe-inspiring stories, I was excited by the potential of this book to inspire people, and impressed by your unselfish willingness to share your stories. Many of you said this was the first time you were sharing your incredible story, so we thank you for letting our readers be your confidants.

We could only publish a small percentage of the stories that were submitted, but every single one was read and even the ones that do not appear in the book had an influence on us and on the final manuscript. Our editor Susan Heim read every submission and pared the list down to several hundred semi-finalists. After I chose the 101 stories, managing editor Kristiana Pastir put together the initial manuscript and chose most of the wonderful quotations that were inserted at the beginning of each story, which we think add so much richness to the reading experience. Our assistant publisher D’ette Corona worked with all the contributors to make sure they approved our edits, and she and senior editor Barbara LoMonaco performed their normal masterful proofreading job.

We also 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.

~Amy Newmark

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