Sales, Schmales…

It’s funny how things happen.

I’ve been a professional writer since I started writing a column for my local small town newspaper in high school with three other friends. Next came journalism school and then a decade or so writing for Corporate America – magazine articles, press releases, newsletter articles, and so on.

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I really had the urge to write something different. After adopting my daughter, I began to feel differently about my own adoption – which truly surprised me, as I never really thought all that much about my own adoption at all. My now-writing-partner Kat was actually the person who seriously encouraged me to write about what I was thinking, and to submit it to a national adoption magazine. (You can read the article here)

Honestly, that changed everything. Fast forward five years, and Kat and I are now writing partners, about to publish our third book with Marcinson Press. We’ve also started working with several other writers to help them publish their books – some adoption-related, some not. We’re creating an app with a very talented programmer (also an adoptive father) to go with the first Crunch-Time language book, and we’re collaborating with a brilliant illustrator in Hungary on a new children’s book series. It almost seems unreal.

Kat is truly the best partner I could have – talented, supportive, and good at all the things I’m not. She’s intuitive, funny, bright, and willing to put up with my creative idiosyncrasies as well as my personal ones. Even better, when we decided to work together on a book, she’d already been through the publishing process once on her own – and really wanted someone to work with instead of doing it alone. When we first started working on Ladybug Love: 100 Chinese Adoption Match Day Stories, it seemed overwhelming. I’d never written or edited an entire book – and it was daunting. But, bit by bit, one story at a time, we got the process started. The interviews were the most fun – I do love talking to people and hearing their stories! Personally, I worked like a dog on that first project. I wrote and edited whenever I could fit it in (I have a full-time job doing branding and design) – sometimes that meant Kat and I pulled all-nighters far too reminiscent of our college years, sometimes it meant during lunch, and sometimes it was in the “parent bleachers” while my daughter took gymnastics.

For any aspiring authors, it’s an amazing amount of hard work to get a book completed, but it is so worth it. There’s nothing like seeing your first book in print. Sales, schmales – when a family tells us that they were touched by the stories in the book, that what other families shared about their experience gave them the support they needed to keep going with their adoption, that they’re saving the book so their kids will understand how much they were wanted and loved, that they were able to communicate with their newly adopted child effectively – I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to have been part of these projects. And now that we’re seeing some income from sales, that’s just sprinkles on our frozen yogurt!

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