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Grandparents

The moment a grandchild is born, grandparents are born too. And what an amazing moment that is – to see your child hold his or her child. Your grandchild! Finally, your children get to experience all of the things you experienced – both the good and the bad – while raising them! Everyone has a great story about the unconditional love and that special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.

We are looking for heartwarming, insightful and humorous true stories celebrating that unique relationship of grandparent and grandchild. Share your special moments with us: the laughter, the tears, the support and the encouragement. These stories can be written by grandmothers and grandfathers about being a grandparent, and by grandchildren about their grandmothers and grandfathers. Stories about step-grandparents and honorary grandparents are welcomed also.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

• The joys of becoming a grandparent
• Love across the generations
• Continuing legacies and traditions
• The wisdom of grandparents
• What I learned from my grandchildren
• What I learned from my grandparents
• The challenges of being a grandparent
• The challenges of being a grandchild
• Funny stories – we love funny stories!
• Grandchildren teaching technology to grandparents
• Grandparents and grandchildren traveling together
• Watching your child become a parent
• Watching your child who is now a parent realize what you did for him or her!
• Blended families, step-grandparenting, and other variations

The deadline date for story and poems submissions is AUGUST 31, 2018.

Life Lessons from the Cat

Our cat titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new cat title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about that member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1,200 words. Tell us what your cat taught you. How he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How she brought your family closer together, helped you find love, inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your cats and what you learned from them!

***Please note: If you submitted a story or poem for a previous cat book and we DID NOT publish it, here is your chance to submit it to us again to consider for this new book. If you submitted a story and we DID publish it in a previous cat book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

Here are some suggested topics:

• Who rescued who?
• Who trained who?
• Do you sometimes think your cat is human?
• Insights from your cat
• Empathy from your cat
• Compassion from your cat
• How my cat picked me
• My cat can almost talk
• My therapy cat
• My cat makes me laugh
• My cat understands
• How my cat changed my family
• How my cat changed my life
• My cat’s interaction with other animals
• From kittens to senior cats, milestones, end of life
• Your work at a shelter or rescue organization
• Children and cats
• Your cat and holidays
• Your cat overcoming hardship, getting lost and coming home, being injured and recovering

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is NOVEMBER 30, 2018.

Life Lessons from the Dog

Our dog titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new dog title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about that member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Tell us what your dog taught you. How he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How she brought your family closer together, helped you find love, inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your dogs and what you learned from them!

***Please note: If you submitted at story or poem for a previous dog book and we DID NOT publish it, here is your chance to submit it to us again. If you submitted a story and we DID publish it in a previous dog book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

Here are some suggested topics:

• Who rescued who?
• Who trained who?
• Do you sometimes think your dog is human?
• Insights from your dog
• Empathy from your dog
• Compassion from your dog
• How my dog picked me
• My dog can almost talk
• My therapy dog
• My dog makes me laugh
• My dog understands
• How my dog changed my family
• How my dog changed my life
• My dog’s interaction with other animals
• From puppies to senior dogs, milestones, end of life
• Your work at a shelter or rescue organization
• Children and dogs
• Your dog and holidays
• Your dog overcoming hardship, getting lost and coming home, being injured and recovering

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is OCTOBER 31, 2018.

Mom Knows Best

**TITLE CHANGE: This title was previously posted on our website as Stories about My Mom. If you submitted your story or poem to that title, there is no need to resubmit it. We have it in our database and it will be considered for this title.

Our moms are really our first teachers. The first things we learn when we are babies come from them. And we continue to learn from them as we grow up. Moms need to know they are appreciated, loved and respected, and that we were and are listening. The stories in this book will make moms everywhere feel that all their hard work paid off.

We’re looking for your stories about mothers of all ages and types. We want to know the lessons you learned from your mom, stepmom, foster mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, or someone who was like-a-mom to you – what she taught you and how she made you who you are today.

Make our readers laugh as you share stories about funny lessons learned from your mom; make them tear up with the heartwarming lessons you learned and about those special times; and make moms feel that all that hard work really is all worth it—their kids really do appreciate them and listen to them.

We are not looking for general tributes—we know your mom is terrific. Please, no eulogies and no biographies. Here are some suggested topics:

• The wisdom of moms
• Values learned from mom
• Support and encouragement from mom
• Learning about sacrifices made by mom
• How you were really listening all along
• Mom as a role model
• Special moments
• Passing on wisdom and legacies
• The importance of family traditions
• The importance of laughter
• Fulfilling dreams
• Lessons learned by husbands and partners about moms
• Becoming your mother
• Grandmothers—unconditional love and support, wisdom
• Wacky, funny, unconventional moms and grandmothers
• Different kinds of families
• Watching your mother navigate divorce or other hardships

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 for release in March 2019 in time for Mother's Day.

Running for Good

We are excited to once again be teaming up with Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathoner, on another special and exciting book about running. It is well known that running conditions the body, but it is also great for conditioning the mind, the soul, and the spirit. The title of this new book on running has two meanings: running is good for your health and you can run to do good for someone else by running to raise awareness of an issue or to raise funds for a cause.

We are looking for true stories or poems of 1,200 words or less, about all aspects of running and stories about running to raise awareness of and funds for a cause. Stories can be funny and quirky, or they can be serious and heartwarming.

Here are some topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Getting started
• Keeping to it
• Running with friends or family
• How running has changed your life
• What you do while you're running -- thinking, listening, seeing
• Training
• Challenges and injuries
• Running when you travel for pleasure or business
• Running in exotic locations
• Races
• Triathlons
• Ultramarathons
• Body image, self-confidence
• Running changed my life
• The camaraderie
• Running for a cause and to help people
• Were you cured of something by running?
• Running miracles, amazing coincidences, stories that will give us chills
• Reaching your goals
• Running therapy
• Running with your dog or other pets
• Coming back from failure, addiction, health challenges, mental illness
• Running adventures
• Family bonding
• Stories about races, marathons, other runners
• Stories about someone who inspired you
• Meeting that famous runner!

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2018.

The Golden Years or Second Wind

So, you’re a certain age now, and you’re ready for what’s next. You might be enjoying an empty nest, or starting a second career, or winding down a first one. You might be downsizing, or traveling, or caring for elderly parents.

You might be going on the adventure of a lifetime or taking long walks in the woods. The one thing you know for sure is that you’re not ready to stop living! You feel energetic and young and there is still so much more to see and do and give and enjoy.

We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60. Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Time for a new career
• Trying new things
• Bucket lists and adventure
• Volunteering and mentoring
• Exercising and sports
• Sports cars!
• New love interests
• Internet dating
• The wisdom of age
• New passions
• Raising grandchildren… or still raising grown children!
• Moving to a new place
• Moving to an active retirement community
• Taking the time to do what you’ve always wanted to do
• Handling loss and illness
• Caring for elderly parents
• Using new technology
• Reinventing yourself, in big ways and small
• Handling a spouse’s retirement or new career
• Travel
• Downsizing and moving
• Divorce and recovery

The deadline date for story submissions is DECEMBER 30, 2018.

Thank you!