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Book title announcement

The internet does so much to connect people and it accomplishes that feat by making the world a smaller place. I once believed that my voice couldn't transcend my little town, that writers didn't come from places like the one I lived. Due in no small part to social media we are no longer isolated from places, events and people. Everything that your mind can imagine is now at your internet enabled fingertips.

Last year I was graciously asked to write a little piece as a sidebar for a diabetes parenting book and the publisher liked what I wrote enough to not hang up on me when I, in the middle of an unrelated phone conversation, began to pitch my book idea like I had nothing to lose. Pretty gutsy for a man whose only other printed works were from an elementary school writing contest (see pic below). I began to tell the publisher about all of the experiences that I've had throughout my life living in what is generally considered to be a woman's world. I told a few stories and ended by professing my sincere desire for people to see their relationships and families through one another's eyes, a gift that our role reversal has given me. A few weeks later I was writing a book about being a stay-at-home dad.


I expect my next book to have a slightly nicer type set.

I've always hoped that I'd have an opportunity like this and I want you all to know that it's due in large part to your support of Arden's Day that I am getting this chance. I can't thank you enough for the continued love and support that you've shown me through our 'internet connection'. I am working hard to bring you the same honest, emotional look into life as a stay-at-home parent that I've tried to bring to type I caregiving. I don't think that you'll ever look at the primary caregiver in your family the same way again.


My book, 'Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad' will be available for Father's Day of 2013. The book tells a bunch of great stories from my 12 years of being a dad but most of all it's a love letter to the people that stay at home and raise our children. Being able to watch Cole and Arden grow is one of the true pleasure of my life and I hope that everyone will leave the pages of my book feeling the same way I do about loving and raising a family. 

I want to thank Leighann from the D-Mom Blog for starting me on this road when she asked me to write a piece for her new book, Spry Publishing for not hanging up on me, WEGO Health for spotlighting bloggers that are writing books and my family who has been so understanding as I write these past few months - I promise I'll get back to cooking decent meals very soon!

I'm going to do my best to keep you up to date on my progress as the writing process moves forward. At the moment, I'm just writing and trying to hit my manuscript deadline of September 1st. 

related links:

My author page

WEGO Health's Health Activist Authors series for online writers interested in making the jump to print.

Leighann's Book, 'Kids First, Diabetes Second'

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Reader Comments (13)

Congratulations!! Exciting news, and a fantastic title.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren H / @kahoffman

Eee! Go, Scott, go! Congrats! :)

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah McD

Excellent title...and I look forward to reading it. Congrats, man!!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Lawson

Congrats! My title announcement should come next week -- I'm very excited to be on a "team" with you, and I love your title. Although the photo and title kind of stole my heart! Happy writing and congrats.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

SO excited and cannot wait to go pick this up!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

I really appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment, thank you so much for all of your kind words and excitement. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to hearing all of your feedback on the book when it arrives next year.


August 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

Congratulations...when my son was diagnosed 10 months ago your blog (and Leighann's) was one of the first that I found on the internet...I suddenly went from feeling all alone to knowing that there was someone else who knew what I was going through and I have learned so much just from reading your blog. I was also able to create a wonderful 504 for my son by using your sample and others that I found. I can't wait to read the book! Thanks for writing about your days!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Diane, Your message brought tears to my eyes. It makes me so happy to know that something I wrote was in any way helpful to you.

I can't tell you how deeply your words touched me, thank you for reading and for taking the time to comment. Best to you and your son! Scott

August 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

Excellent title. Will it be availble in eBook format as well?

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

The decision is still being made between hard and softcover but we do know that it will be an ebook, available at all major online retailers (including iTunes). Thanks for your interest Paul!

August 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

At Spry, we're really excited to have you aboard! I find each new batch of stories coming in both makes me chuckle and tugs at my heart in places. We're anxious to weave them all together and share them next spring. Goodness knows you paint some vivid portraits of parenthood! Back to reading for me, I owe you some comments on the latest batch.

August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynne Johnson

I've told you before, but I'll say it again, I can't wait to read it. I may even ask for an ARC so I don't have to wait as long, lol. Spry is a great publisher and they made the right pick! It was an honor to contribute to Leighann's book along with you, frankly, I felt out of place. Great work chap!

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim Brand

Tim - I've been trying to find a way to say thank you properly for your kind words since you left this message but words seem to be failing me so I'm going to have to simple say thank you!


I think your contribution to the book and the DOC fits perfectly...

August 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

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