Exciting News! (At Least, I Think So)

Fri, Jan 13, 2012

blogging, debt, random, self-employment

Guess what that picture is! It’s my fairy tale post, formatted for the February 2012 issue of Reader’s Digest! The issue isn’t available in stores yet, but subscribers got it on the 11th. Update: It’s now on the RD website if you’d like to see it (unfortunately it’s a slideshow) - go here to check it out.

Back in October, I received an email from an editor at Reader’s Digest, asking for permission to use one of my posts in a future issue. I thought it was one of my friends playing a prank on me. As the emails continued, though, I started thinking, Maybe this is for real. By the time I signed and returned the permission form, I realized this could actually happen and it was hard not to be completely nerdy about it.

I told a few of my closest blogger friends and my parents, but I didn’t mention it to anyone else because I just knew RD would change their minds before the issue came out. Surely they would realize their mistake! Because who am I, other than some random PF blogger in an ocean of PF bloggers? Why would they choose a post that I honestly didn’t think was very good? But they did, for whatever reason, so I waited (impatiently) for mid-January, when I assumed the new issue would be published.

On Wednesday night, Pam from Money Trail sent me a tweet:

And I freaked out because I had no idea it was out already! Pam was kind enough to send me screenshots so I could see my name in print. I drove to Walmart to see if I could buy a copy, but it’s not there yet.

So that’s my excitement for the day. (Or the month. Maybe the whole year.) I’d like to think that this is going to be some amazing turning point and I’ll become rich and famous, but realistically, very few people read the bylines in RD. It’s an honor to have an article published, so I’ll be content with that. For now.

I appreciate all of you who hang out, read, and comment, as well as those who help promote my posts on Facebook and Twitter. You have no idea how much. And who knows? One of you may be responsible for Reader’s Digest seeing my post and contacting me! Thanks to all of you for your part in this milestone. So Over Debt wouldn’t be here without you. (PS If you see the February issue in a store, please let me know so I can go snag a few copies!)

57 Responses to “Exciting News! (At Least, I Think So)”

  1. Niki says:

    That is so freakin' awesome. You should definitely frame it.

  2. Eric J. Nisall - Dol says:

    I may have to go run and pick up a copy for you to sign!

  3. Stephanie says:

    That is so incredibly awesome!  I can't wait to read it :)

  4. Daisy says:

    Wow Andrea, congrats! Thats awesome!

  5. Katie says:

    Congratulations again, Andrea! I knew that you were one to watch way back in August when I became your stalker and read through every post in your archives. You're just proving me right!

    Also, back off Eric Nisall! I get the first autographed copy!

  6. Tanner E says:

    Oh wow, that is very awesome. Many congrats to you!

  7. Michelle says:

    That's awesome! Congrats.

  8. Jeffrey Trull says:

    Yay! This is so cool! Very exciting to see other bloggers get some attention like this!

  9. Rachel says:

    Congrats!! Gonna have to actually check my mail and see if my issue is in there.

  10. j0de says:

    Very exciting!

  11. PK says:

    " I’d like to think that this is going to be some amazing turning point and I’ll become rich and famous" - Let's stick with that.  Call it the turning point… don't forget us little folks on the way up, haha!

    Seriously, congrats.  It's well-deserved.

  12. Carrie Smith says:

    You're a rock star! So happy for ya :)

  13. Alisha Howard says:

    Awesome! Congratulations!!

  14. Melissa says:

    This is so exciting!! CONGRATULTIONS!! If this makes it into the Canadian version of RD, I'll definitely pick up a copy. Awesome!

    And while you're right that readers don't tend to care about bylines, editors certainly do! You can definitely use this to leverage your way into other paying magazine work.


  15. Travis Pizel says:

    My parents get Reader's Digest and every now and then they get an offer to give someone else a year's subscription for free.  One of those deals must have been sent to them because I got notification that I was going to get the Digest for the next year, along with Feb's issue.  It had been sitting on my counter for a few days  unread because I just hadn't had time to read it yet…but when I saw your tweets the other night I excitedly opened it to find your article.

    Kick ass, Andrea, I'm keeping this issue.

  16. Onefamily says:

    That is so awesome! Congrats!

  17. Jolyn Myers says:

    SO pleased for you! I believe you are well on your way to picking and choosing where you'd like to be published, not just being glad you're published!

  18. Smart Money Chicks says:

    May I have your autograph? Awesome!

  19. The Single Saver says:

    Congrats, Andrea.  I am so proud of you!

  20. Jessica says:

    I'm going to need you to sign my copy next time we see each other!!

    Congrats again!

  21. Bryan says:

    Congrats!  That's super awesome!

  22. Penny Chase says:

    AWE-SOME! Congratulations!

  23. Donnie Bryant says:

    I actually found your site because of reading this outstanding article in Reader's Digest yesterday.

    Nice work!

  24. Pam at MoneyTrail says:

    It was such a fun moment when I saw your article!  My daughter gave me one of those "my mom's gone crazy" looks because of the whoopin' and hollerin' I was doing.  Congrats!

  25. Jeffrey Trull says:

    Yay! This is so cool! Very exciting to see other bloggers get some attention like this!

  26. j. money says:

    YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!!  Soak it all in, baby! Frame that bitch up :)

  27. Jackie says:

    Congrats! That's so awesome :)

  28. Anonymous says:


  29. AverageJoe says:

    That couldn't be more cool. I get to say "I kind-of-knew-her" before she was a Reader's Digest rock star….

    Huge congrats!

  30. Chris Peden says:


  31. Aloysa @ My Broken C says:

    This is SO great! I totally understand why you did not say anything to anyone (with an exception of your closest friends and family.) I would do the same thing. :-) Huge, huge congratulations. I think from now on you might see a lot more great changes coming your way. Well-deserved!

  32. World of Finance says:

    That's such an honor.  You deserve it!

  33. CommonCents says:

    WOW That's FREAKING amazing!!! Congrats !!!! I am so happy for you!! You should be jumping up and down!!! I would!! 

    PS: sorry for the late reply i couldn't post at work

  34. Catseye says:

    That is SO COOL, Andrea!  Congrats!

  35. Sunny says:

    That is very exciting news.  Congrats.  So very happy for you.  I hope you do become rich but not too famous.  

  36. Jolie says:

    I can't wait to read it! You should be very proud.

  37. 20sFinances says:

    Yeah - amazing! I think you have already passed the turning point. You're going to be selling your site for millions in under 3 years. Just wait.. How about I get 1/10th of a percentage if I'm right?

  38. Buck Inspire says:

    That's too awesome.  Congrats Andrea!!!

  39. AmericanDebtProject says:

    I will definitely buy it if I see it at any store! But I can't remember the last time I saw the RD in the checkout stand? I guess I'll have to drag myself over to the magazine aisle.

  40. One Cent At A Time says:

    Congratulations! It always beats everything else when we get rewards or recognition. Hard work should pay itself off someday. Wait for better things to happen. And yes, frame it, as Niki suggested

  41. Thanks to all of you for the congrats and kind words! I didn't want to go down the thread typing "Thanks!" over and over but I do appreciate all of you for being awesome and supportive! :)

  42. R evanche says:

    Congrats!! :)  


  1. SoOverDebt.com Wins “Blog Post of the Week!” Again….Conspiracy? - The Free Financial Advisor | The Free Financial Advisor - January 13, 2012

    [...] first two-time winner of the soon-to-be-esteemed Blog Post of the Week! award goes to Andrea at SoOverDebt.com for her post describing every blogger’s dream: Reader’s Digest asked to run her post in their magazine.  Congrats to [...]

  2. Bits & Pieces 1/14/11 - January 14, 2012

    [...] Over Debt has some exciting news! Congrats! [...]

  3. What I’m Reading: First Week of Class edition | The Dog Ate My Wallet - January 14, 2012

    [...] should head over to So Over Debt and congratulate Andrea on having one of her posts picked up by Reader’s Digest! Lots of people are talking about this one, as well they should. In fact, it even won Average [...]

  4. Piles of Interesting-ness: Links Heard ‘Round the World | American Debt Project - January 15, 2012

    [...] So Over Debt on Exciting News: You know how when somebody is related to/knows a minor celebrity they usually can’t go 5 minutes without bringing it up? You guys are talking about any topic and this person is like, “Well, my cousin, Tara Reid…” Well, get ready for a lot of that from me because our lovely Andrea got published in the February Reader’s Digest! That is definitely exciting news. [...]

  5. Best of Weekend Reading: MLK Jr Edition » Financial Success for Young Adults - January 15, 2012

    [...] Over Debt has exciting news! I will keep it a surprise and let you pop over to see what it [...]

  6. Friday Faves: Keeping You Motivated & The New Site! | My Diary Entry - January 20, 2012

    [...] So Over Debt (on the other hand) had a great week and she shares her story in the post “Exciting News! (At [...]

  7. Link Love (powered by Revlon Plumalicious Super Lustrous Lipstick) | fabulously fru-girl - January 30, 2012

    [...] got her post published in Reader’s Digest about financial lies from Fairy Tales!!!! Congrats, [...]

  8. 网站优化 - April 6, 2012

    [...] Digest Magazine - From $3.20/Year (Up to 3 Years …Exciting News! (At Least, I Think So) | So Over DebtProtect Yourself from Alzheimer's Disease | Reader's DigestReader's Digest Rewatch: The [...]

  9. Para Ma - April 14, 2012

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  10. pozycjonowanie Kraków - April 20, 2012

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  11. Beach Villas in Mauritius - April 20, 2012

    Blogs you should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  12. time and gems - April 20, 2012

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  13. Fleshlight - April 20, 2012

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

Leave a Reply

Let’s Connect!

Subscribe to new posts via email:

As Seen On

June 2012 Income




Restaurant Points: June


(points remaining)

Need Blogging Help?


Proud Member of the Yakezie Network
The Best Giveaways On The interwebs!


I pledge to be debt free!



  • 2012 (121)
  • 2011 (211)
Creative Commons License
So Over Debt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.sooverdebt.com/contact/.
My blog has recently been added to Personal Finance Blogs, which is part of one of the largest networks of blog directories on the Web. Please visit my blog's personal page to vote for my blog and comment to other blog users.