The momentum began with Salon.com, a story they called Meeting My Husband’s Killer, which delivered 20,000 hits. Then the HuffPost contest, the one I didn’t care much about but entered a story in my files, Escape From Prison, and soon forgot until the email, which read that the piece was selected from over three thousand entries and one of the finest they had received. I was on a roll. Salon voted my first article their #3 Life story for 2014. An honor indeed, until HuffPost saw the reprint and notified me I was disqualified from their contest because a part of my manuscript had been previously published. I had pondered the wording of their contest rules, asked others in the industry for interpretation, and all said the same thing: initial entries must not have been previously published meant only the story submitted to enter the contest. Their legal department begged to differ, and I was out. While licking my wounds, NPR asked to adapt a radio version of Meeting My Husband’s Killer, Woodstock Writer’s Radio asked for an interview, and a media consultant was so taken with my story that she volunteered her time to promote my book.
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