See that picture in the bottom left corner, ‘Confessions of a cake-deprived bride’? That is the description for my short story ‘Eat Me’ . I was thrilled by the entire experiment, following the submission guidelines, writing editing and sending my little story through the post … and then getting a lovely e-mail to say it had been accepted for publication! I laughed my head off when I saw my name and my words in print. The professional editors had waved their magic wand and gave it a final polish (changing the names, adding the word ‘implored’ that sort of thing) . Proof that it is worth sending and submitting work.