From Rejection to Spectacular Success

Joanne Guidoccio​ shares a success story and her new release as part of the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul​ anthologies!

Word by Word

By Joanne Guidoccio

While querying the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, I kept myself motivated by reading the success stories that started with stacks of rejection slips.

Here is one of my favorite success stories:

In 1992, teacher and motivational speaker Jack Canfield decided to compile all the stories he had shared on the self-help circuit. Intrigued, promoter and salesman Mark Victor Hansen joined this venture.

While culling his stories, Jack searched for narratives that were “inspiring, healing, motivational, and transformational.” Jack wanted to include 70 stories but was persuaded to increase the number to 101. During his years as a student ambassador in India, Mark had learned that 101 is the number of completion.

The title “Chicken Soup” appeared to Jack in a dream: The hand of God scrawled these words across a chalkboard.

Once the first volume was completed, Jack and Mark found an agent and flew to New…

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  1. I love that type of success story, Jacquie!

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    1. Very happy for Joanne!

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  2. Thanks for reblogging, Jacquie 🙂

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  3. How wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie. Best to Joanne.

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    1. Have you read any Chicken Soup books, Teagan? So inspiring ❤️


  4. carhicks says:

    Great share Jacquie. I love the Chicken Soup series.

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    1. Me too, they’re heartwarming and inspirational ❤

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