I missed my deadline posting this. I'm a day late. Anyone who has ever worked with me at Simple knows that this is quite apropos!
This was me 8 years ago this month. I was expecting my fourth son Taft. The book Simple Scrapbooks had been published the previous December. I was learning, much to my chagrin that book authors needed to work to promote their books. In other words, I had been to CHA and had begun traveling and teaching. In fact, I traveled to Chicago for a consumer show at 37 weeks pregnant. On top of being pregnant, I had a head cold and couldn't take anything for it! After returning home completely exhausted, I told my husband, "I'm not cut out to do this author, teacher, traveler thing. I just want to stay home!"
The very next day, the phone rang and I heard Tracy White's voice on the other end,
"What are your professional goals?"
This is where I thought to myself, is she kidding? I don't have professional goals. I am due with my fourth child in three weeks and alI I ever wanted to be was a mom, who scrapbooks. Does it have to be more complicated than that.
Tracy went on to explain that the book, Simple Scrapbooks was resonating with readers and that Primedia, the new owners of Creating Keepsakes magazine was interested in starting a new magazine. After some initial discussion, the powers that be had decided to name this new magazine, Simple Scrapbooks.
I then wondered, Can they do that? Isn't that the name of my book?
She went on to add, that "they" wanted me to be involved. I of course had NO CLUE what "involved" really meant.
I flew to Utah with a three-week old Taft for some meetings and came home, editor in chief of a brand new magazine. A week later, I had a phone call with John Youngberg, the art director. He asked me if I had thought at all about which columns and departments I would like. I tried desparately to come up with something that sounded smart. It was no use. I was forced to ask, "What are columns and departments?"
The rest, is history — with a serious learning curve thrown in.
The good news is I am still a mom who scrapbooks and I am still learning.
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