EVERY LIFE HAS A STORY
Our stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Our stories have heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these.
If we publish your story or poem, you will had a choice of either getting paid $200 120 days after publication of the book or a free case of books that your story appears in. You will be entitled to buy cases of books from us at a wholesale discount (50%) and can give them away or resell them at full retail price for a profit.
1. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself and your own experience.
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time in our books, and they find it to be a healing experience knowing that the book is helping others in need. We do allow you use a pen name for your story if you do not want to use your real name.
5. Don’t try to get too creative with tenses. Writing in the present tense about something that happened in the past rarely works. If you get stuck, try “speaking your story” into a tape recorder, then transcribing it.
6. Keep your story to 2,000 words or less. Keep it tight.
7. Your story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing. Don’t worry about formal structure as we will edit and clean it up if needed. Just speak from your heart.
8. At the end of each story, please include a short bio (appx 30 words) with contact info if you like. If you have written other books or have a website for an organization, please include here. This is your chance to connect with our readers and let them know how they can find additional resources that might help them recover or be inspired by.
9. Include a title for your story. Example: Sean’s gift, Flowers for Lily, etc.
What a story IS NOT:
1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
2. An "as told to" story written by you for someone else. If you ghost-write a story for someone, we thank you for helping that person share his or her story. That person’s name will be listed as the author and he or she can acknowledge your help in the bio section.
3. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
4. About politics or controversial issues.
5. A biography or testimonial.
6. A journalistic article about a third party that reads like a newspaper article.