I am still in disbelief! I was contacted by Amherst Media over a year ago about the possibility of writing a book...I signed a contract with them...I wrote a book!
The process start to finish was very interesting. As a visual person, I will be the first to admit that I - AM NOT a writer! Or at least I didn't think I was. Others have been telling me differently...for the most part, I still don't believe them. Sorry if you are one of THEM...
Anyway, I was contacted by the publishing company (Amherst Media) to possibly write a book about dog photography. There was a whole vetting process, which honestly, I was shocked I passed, then there was an image review process, which again I passed. I'm still stunned! Then the contract and questions and answers and then shock and oh crap! What the heck did I just get myself into? I had absolutely NO idea how to write a book. I had NO idea where to even begin. The funny thing was, I signed my contract just a few days before we (hubby and I) left for our Kauai vacation.
It was early in the morning, while I was sitting on the sofa sipping my coffee when I came up with the first idea on how to even start this book. Originally it was more of a technical book, with all of the camera, lighting, posing, attention getting tech stuff followed by the portrait picture. Maybe a before and an after, maybe additional pictures. I honestly had no idea what I was doing or if I was doing it right!
My deadline was fast approaching, but I was done! Finished! Cooked! I sent everything in and well...waited...waited...and waited. A few weeks later, I received a call and well, they wanted to see if I would be interested in possibly changing a few things. I agreed! New deadline....I made that too! Ugh! I didn't think I was going to but I did! The real waiting game began...It was a while be for I heard anything and when I did, it was in the form of the printed book. AN ACTUAL PRINTED - REAL LIFE BOOK!
I was beside myself! So many emotions, I so badly wanted to call both my mom and my dad...I just looked up and said out loud - "Holy Crap, can you believe this? Look Mom, Dad, look!"
Top Dogs - Portraits and Stories was scheduled to be release January 15, 2018. I announce in every way I could that my book was available for pre-order. Then I waited some more. I have realized that this book publishing thing is not by any means a speedy process. I kinda understand it too!
Then, just two days before Christmas, 2017 I started receiving messages and phone calls that my friends and family who pre-ordered had started receiving their books! It was out early!!!!
The book has been out for only 4 1/2 months now and I still cannot believe it!
A dream come true - even though I thought it was only a pipe dream! Be careful what you wish for!
After all of this - my friend Darin sends me a photo from Barnes & Noble...