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Chuck Hinman: Getting My Stories Published. Chuck asks a newspaper editor to consider running his stories.
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By Chuck Hinman

Getting My Stories Published

Chuck Hinman even in his last year at 89 was still promoting his stories. Here is a letter he wrote to the editor of a local newspaper in Nebraska:

Dear Editor

This is in further reference to my emails to you yesterday regarding any interest you might have in publishing my stories on a regular basis in your newspaper.
I am aware that having never seen sample/s of the stories I have to offer, that it would be impossible for you to make a decision. I furnished you yesterday a description of the newspapers who are using my stories.

Now I will be happy to send you copies of stories (samples of my work).

Stories cover all aspects of a long life

The stories typically run from 500 to 750 words and are reasonably free of spelling-grammar problems so that you don't have to do a 'major' editing job on each story.

The 300 some stories are laced with growing up on the farm between Liberty and Wymore, going to country elementary and Liberty high school all in a time frame of the 1920-1930's. I write about the harshness of the economic times -- the dust-bowl-depression days, sibling rivalry, life in general growing up on a farm in Gage County, Nebraska, and how that experience equipped me for the rest of my wonderful life.

I write about my 37 year business career with Phillips Petroleum Company, my wife Connie and our fifty year love affair, raising a family. I write a lot about taking care of Connie for the last 15 years of her life when she developed Alzheimer's disease. I write about what it's like to lose a child (our only daughter) to suicide.

Reading the memories

Readers can have plenty to identify with when they read the memories of an 89 year old man 'letting it all hang out.'

The stories are not written in chronological order. At one time you may read about "My First Car" then read "It's A Boy" when we adopted our son, Paul, then "Making Do" when Mom scrounged around to make ends meet during the [drought] growth-dust bowl days.

I hope this introduction will make you want to get started reading my stories in your paper.

Laughing and Crying

Be prepared to 'laugh your guts out' but keep a tissue handy because you are going to 'cry your eyes out' or both within minutes of each other. You won't go to sleep from boredom, I promise!

Next I will send you copies (samples) of my stories for your making a decision.

Make my day by saying you can use my stories.

Chuck Hinman

Written by Chuck Hinman. Tuesday, 11 January 2011.

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