My book for kidlets is out: ‘Make Me the Best at Track and Field’
Last summer, after writing stories for the USOC website, I was contacted by a Minnesota publisher, asking if I would write a childrenâ€™s how-to book on track and field. Sure, I said. I finished the manuscript in July â€” before the Rio Games â€” and itâ€™s now published. Called â€œMake Me the Best at Track and Field,â€œ itâ€™s one of a series of chapter books for grade-schoolers. (Others cover baseball, basketball, soccer, football, lacrosse and hockey.) Abdo Publishing did a super job with design, and found great photos to illustrate my profiles of Usain Bolt, Jenn Suhr and Reese Hoffa, among others. I also gave super-basic technique tips. Since Iâ€™m not a coach, my editor hired Mike Corn of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to check my work. It was fine, he found. Masters wonâ€™t benefit. (They can do same Googling I did.) But if you have a grandkid interested in track, this would be a fun gift. I donâ€™t make anything off sale of the book â€” I just got paid as a freelancer. But my name is on it, so how cool is that?