Thank You

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness

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 and share your own experiences, no matter how painful or personal, in order to help other people. As I read and edited these stories, I was truly inspired, excited by the potential of this book to change people’s lives, and impressed by the self-awareness you showed and your unselfish willingness to share what you learned about yourselves.

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. Our assistant publisher D’ette Corona read almost every submission, and she was assisted by editor Kristiana Glavin because there were so many submissions! D’ette worked with all the contributors, obtaining their approvals for our edits and the quotations we carefully chose to begin each story. And Kristiana Glavin, along with editors Barbara LoMonaco and Madeline Clapps performed their normal masterful proofreading and made sure the book went to the printer on time.

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. He worked really hard on that rabbit on the cover, who came to us on an all-black background and with a bent ear. We call our cover star “Dude Rabbit” since he has so much attitude. Finally, none of this would be possible without the business and creative leadership of our CEO, Bill Rouhana, and our president, Bob Jacobs.

~Amy Newmark

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