The response took my breath away! Womb twin survivors were so glad to know that at last they would be heard and taken seriously, that within a month I had seventy stories! Every contributor was given a complimentary copy of the book.
The title was taken directly from an email I received from a director of the Twinless Twins Support Group International...
It indeed a silent cry that begins in the womb and can last a lifetime unless given a voice. You are giving a voice to those survivors.Just the decision to send a story was healing for some contributors. Many did not send theirs after all, but even so the decision-making was helpful, as here:
I will pray and meditate on whether I should let you share my story or not. It would help if I knew for sure whether I had a twin or have simply lost my mind. If in fact, I did have a twin, I would love to let you pass my story on so other people in my position wouldn't feel so crazy for wondering if they had twins themselves.Some stories were too long to be edited, or not in a suitable format for publication, or submitted after the deadline. If I had given myself more time to include those too, the book would have been much longer, with almost a hundred stories. The next decision was a cover image. Lindabeth Sanderson, an artist and womb twin survivor herself, living in Toronto. Her work is intuitive and carried the right kind of mystery and depth for a book of this type. (See her gallery here.)
The publisher would of course be Wren Publications, and Lightning Source the printer.
The cover is green, the colour of healing. The type is white, the colour of innocence and hope.
With a week to spare, the book was made available by the time of the first Womb Twin conference, which was held in London in June 2008. With a second title now complete, it began to look as if I may be able to create a Womb Twin library, for the benefit of womb twin survivors everywhere. It was a great feeling!
The book has sold well since then, being the smallest and cheapest of the books and suitable for a gift to a newly-aware womb twin survivor.
In fact, this year I calculated that this book has probably now paid for itself, but I still have to do the sums about that. This will mean that from the end of this year all proceeds from sales of this book will be made over directly to the Womb Twin Fund, which will bring in professional speakers to the annual Womb Twin conference and expand their activities around the world.