Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I am PUBLISHED!!!

I want to tell you an interesting little story. It goes something like this...

During my last few days in Japan, I got a comment on my flickr page referring to one of my photos. A guy explained that he belonged to a publishing company based in Melbourne and they wanted to use my photo. He left a link for me to contact him. I was interested but a little suspicious about the whole thing and, as I had only just arrived into Tokyo, I shelved the idea to the back of my mind.

Two days later, my friend Sean called me out of the blue to tell me to check my blog. The publishing guy had also left a comment there. Sean thought I would be interested in the whole thing and had taken a look into the company. He decided they were legit and told me to go for it! So, the plan was to make contact that night when I got back to my computer... 2 minutes later, my mobile rang. I answered it and it was the 'publishing guy'. He spoke to me for a while, explained how keen they were to use my photo and how they were in a hurry to get everything completed. I explained quite nicely that I was leaning toward saying yes but that I was on holiday, sight seeing AND far from my computer.

That night, I got onto the net, wrote a letter and sent off my photo. I didn't hear anything until last night. Sean called the company to see what had become of my beloved photo. Matt (I think that was his name) quickly explained that he had sent me several emails that had been returned. He also explained about the book and printing deadlines. The book is scheduled to be finished anyday and he sent through a digital image of the book cover.

So there you go. I am in print. Next stop... photography course and FAME!

PS. You can see, read about or buy the book at amazon. I guess the company had to submit a cover before publishing as you will see, it is different. Also, check out how expensive it is!!

13 comments:

Marg & Graham said...

Well done YEAH XXX

Andrew said...

You must be very proud of yourself - well done... xx

Anna said...

Yay!!!

Next stop - the big time!!

Lauren said...

Oh well done honey! Congrats! You see, you're great! Get on that course!

shannon said...

How excellent!! especially with minimal effort.

Speaka said...

Amazingly cool!

beckyyyy said...

did they pay you a good compensation??

Ang said...

Congrats!

Kat said...

thats fab ellen well done!! email me your number in aus and i can text u xx

Elissa & Paul Kaplan said...

Wow, Ellen that is the coolest thing I have ever seen. We are so happy for you. Congrats on your move back as well. Hopefully everything is going exactly as you hoped it would. Paul and I are working at the same jobs for just one year now, and living just north of Philadelphia, PA. We bought our first home and moved in last weekend. Things are great here too. Take care!

April in Wonderland said...

That is the coolest news, Wellen! See you will be famous for your photography in no time. I assume the pic of the fishy things on the front cover is yours???

xxx

sooz said...

Fantastic news Ellen - well done :-)

J-girl said...

I know this is a bit belated, but CONGRATULATIONS! That is so cool!