Monday, March 5, 2012

Becoming an Author -- with Twins!

People often ask me how I became an author. Well, sometimes you just can’t plan such things. In fact, sometimes you can’t plan twins either, which is what happened to me when the third and fourth of my sons arrived in December 2003. At the time, I was working full-time as a Senior Editor for a book publishing company, so I left with tentative plans to build a freelance editing career. However, during the early months of my twins’ lives, I found that my goal was overly ambitious. No sleep. No quiet. No time to myself. I lived in a sleep-deprived, bleary-eyed bubble for the next six months!

But then, one night, the idea came to me to write up a story. It was about the twins, of course. I could think of few other topics during that time! I wrote a little article about my twins and submitted it to Twins Magazine, along with a copy of my resume.

A short time later, I got a call from the (then) owner of Twins Magazine. My story was nice, she said, but that wasn’t why she had called. “I see you were an editor for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series,” she told me. “We’ve collected a multitude of stories over the years from parents of twins and multiples. Would you put together a book for us with some of these stories?”

She was offering me a book deal? I would have been crazy to turn down a request like that! But could I really handle it and still care for my twins? I resolved that, somehow, some way, I would make it work. And so I did.

Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons turned out great. And things snowballed after that. An author from my former company called to say she had a book contract with another publisher and needed a coauthor. Would I be willing? Of course! Soon after, that same publisher asked if I would write a book about raising twins for them. The result was It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence.

Since then, I’ve authored or coauthored ten books and counting. If someone had told me that having twins would be good for my career -- that it would send it off in a direction that was bigger and better than I could ever imagine -- I would have said they’d been sniffing too much diaper rash cream! But that’s exactly what happened. Having twins truly turned out to be a blessing, both for our family and for my career.

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