I want to share an exciting announcement with you

Rejections need not defeat!

One after another the rejections came but, nevertheless, I persisted.

I tweaked, edited, submitted the story and waited, again.

How many times did I go through this ritual? To be honest, I’m not sure. But I did not quit.

However, I did reach a point where I did let go and moved on to another project.

And Bingo!

All my persistence, tweaking, and editing paid off.

My story was selected for publication by Centum Press!

Precious Memories made the cut.

Centum Press selected Precious Memories to join One Hundred Voices Volume III and is now available for pre-order in a limited edition hardcover format.

Only 500 hard copies will be printed in this limited edition, to order one click this link bit.ly/100VoicesV3.

But it gets better! 

Enter this following code and receive a discount on your purchase! Discount code: 100V3-20

Wait, there’s more!

While this isn’t my first story to make the cut for publication, this is the first time I’ll share the publication stage with my sister. Wow! You heard right. One of my sisters, Sheila Good, is an amazing writer and her story Maggie’s New Beginning is also among the one hundred authors chosen by Centum Press for volume three.

100 Voices III a

Thanks for sharing in my excitement.

Where have you submitted recently?

Please share your successes; I’d love to celebrate with you too.

And remember never give up!

Talk to me – I love reading your comments.

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Read today, Why I Write

Published –

At  Fiction Southeast

Today my essay went live at this exciting online journal. I’m thrilled the editors chose to publish my story and also because this is the first essay I’ve written in more years than I care to count.

Writing Why I Write, was an exercise of love. Through the encouragement of family I’ve set my words free.

Please go to Fiction Southwest and read Why I Write and let me know what you think.


Great Motivation! Thanks FFW

The holidays are over, the decorations are down and it’s time to get back in the groove. I couldn’t have ask for a better motivation to rev up my keyboard than the surprise that awaited me this morning in my inbox.  

Flash Fiction World-Volume 2 Anthology (Kindle edition) was released today with one of my short stories included. I’d no idea that Asleep No More  by J. M. Cogdell (that’s me) had made the cut and even been selected for publication. What a wonderful way to start 2013!

Click on the link above and check it out! A bargain at $4.47, remember to be sure and click the www.Amazon.com “like” button to give me as well as the other authors a boost it will be much appreciated. Everybody loves a thumbs up.

Book Description

Publication Date: January 4, 2013

Flash Fiction World (FFW) proudly presents its second collection of high quality flash fiction and short stories written by many authors from around the world, including amateur, professional and award winning authors. Each story has been selected for its high level of quality in terms of writing skill and pure reading enjoyment. There are seventy stories of up to 1000 words, in all genres, for the reader to enjoy.

This substantial book is for lovers of flash fiction and short stories. All genres are included – thrillers, romance, comedy, horror, fantasy, crime and more. If your taste is for fiction that leans more to the commercial side, with fast-driven plots and action all the way you won’t be disappointed. At the same time many of our stories are literary in style. They deal with the inner conflicts, fears and dramas that take place within the human being.

To take three examples, Flash Fire by R.A. Savary takes a no-holds barred look at the actions of two strangers, a man and a woman caught up unexpectedly in a restaurant nightmare. The Last Love by Varun Malhotra describes a day in the life of an Indian prostitute, and how her love for a client is doomed to fail. The darkly humorous Keeping the Magic Alive by Cath Barton takes us on an outing with a long-married couple. This wry tale looks at how expectations can lessen as years progress.

Flash Fiction World – Volume 2 is packed with stories about all the facets and dramas of life. Whatever your preference you will find plenty of reading material (over 30,000 words) in these pages to keep you happy and leave you fulfilled. I guarantee that you will enjoy a fiction feast and will be seeking more stories by many of the writers that you discover in these pages.

R.A.Savary, Varun Malhotra, Benjamin Davis, Sally Jenkins, JB Lacaden, Ines Franco Fatzinger, Melanie Taylor Herrera, Thomas Pitre, Matthew J. Metzger, Rob Harris, Mark Allerton, J.M. Cogdell, Doug Donnan, A Goddard, Cath Barton, Keith Davison, Ellie Stewart, Helen Lavall, M Hazzan, Wayne Scheer, Ines Bouhannani, Alex Robinson, Peter Lingard, Elliott Capon, Ciro DiLorenzo, Christian L. Berger, Michael A. Kechula, Natalie Bowers, Billie Louise Jones, John Mulligan, Joseph Kaval, Faith, Bill Rayburn, Kirsty May Grant, Merrick W. Allen, Emily Parry, Taryn, Brian Toller, Richard Hartwell, Unisse Chua, Tanya Keefe, Angela R Sargenti, Michelle Ann King, Alan Balkema, Theresa, Patricia Crandall, Shanon Creeley, Cathy Bryant, Olivia Sadie, Duke Alexander, Duncan Jones, Paula Kennedy, Candy Chilton, Sarah E. Alderman, Kerri Dominique, Chaitali Gawade, Danielle Parker, Sheila Armstrong, Stephen Terry, Christina Murphy.


South of the Border Magic

I’m thrilled to announce that today, YAREAH Magazine published South of the Border Magic by Me! Love these early Christmas presents. A big thank you to the editors at YAREAH! Please go and read my newest piece and let me know what you think. I know the fine folks over at the magazine would love to have new readers too.


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