Connie Pombo

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Really Did That

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (3)

Tomorrow is the Twitter Party Launch for the new Chicken Soup book, "The Dog Really Did That?" My story is titled "Two Marines," and I'm honored to be part of this series as all the royalities go to the Humane League. 

Many folks want to know my secret for getting a Chicken Soup story published and I've actually written an ebook on the subject which you can buy on titled "Secrets to Writing A Chicken Soup Story." 

Just remember it's always best to submit your story early because your chances are better as they edit stories as they come in. So if you wait until the last minute, they may have ten stories on the theme of "my dog is my best friend" -- for example. It's always best to submit early, so you can have the best chance for acceptance. 

And most importantly, keep trying. Just because your story wasn't accepted doesn't mean your story wasn't excellent; it probably means they had too many stories on the same subject. Never give up and keep on submitting. 

Tune into the Twitter Party tomorrow -- August 8, 2017 -- the debut of the book available in stores near you! 

A Writer's World

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I've often been asked how I got started in writing and it's simple. I submitted a story and it got accepted. That was the beginning. There seems to be a "rumor" out there that you have to be published to be published. Frankly, I don't know who made that up, but I've heard it over and over again at writer's conferences and it's simply not true. 

Here's the truth: If you're a good writer, an editor will take notice (whether you've been published before or not). If you're trying to build your portfolio, then start a blog, offer to write a newsletter for your favorite organization, and submit something to your local newspaper. It doesn't have to be the New York Times!

One trend I do see with more publishers is the marketing aspect. Some say that 80% of writing is marketing; yes, it is true. But I personally have never felt the need because I write for niche markes. That being said, the minimum that you should have is: a blog, website, twitter handle Other options are a podcast, Instagram account, and Facebook. 

The old saying that great writing will get you in the door and marketing will push you through is more relevant today than it was ten years ago. 

Keep writing, keep submitting, and never give up! 


National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

November 12th was National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day (who knew?). I'm grateful to be part of this series and to be part of the Chicken Soup Family. If you've ever wanted to write a story, I've written an ebook that breaks it down to the nitty-gritty details on how to write a winning story. But also know that you need to have some sort of web presence, so get that website and blog up first! Writing is important, but 85% of the writing world is marketing. I hate to break that news to you, but it's a reality for all writers. You'll need a blog, a website, and a Twitter handle. Sorry, but those are the hard, cold facts. You can find my book on Amazon. com -- "Secrets to Writing a Winning Chicken Soup Story." 

Good luck! 

Twitter Party for Gratitude Book!

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Join me tomorrow for a Twitter Launch Party for Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude. My story  "The Beauty of Age Spots" is the second story in this book. After a breast cancer diagnosis twenty years ago, I'm thankful to be "sprouting" a few age spots! 

The Power of Gratitude

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

On Apil 12, 2016, I celebrated my 20th year of being a breast cancer survivor and it's with much gratitude that I'm alive to share my story. As a finalist for Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude, I share one of the secrets that has helped me to make it this far.

Gratitude is just as much a state of mind as it is of the heart. Cancer gave me a new perspective on life and helped me set my priorities straight. As a writer and speaker, I've had the privilege of sharing my story for the past two decades and, hopefully, for many years to come. 

I would love to hear your story of survival. Post it here in the comment section or you may hit the comment button. I'll be sharing those in my next blog. 

With joy and gratitude,