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We’ve got some exciting news to share…
…news we’ve been holding in since September…news that is finally official and for sure and awe-freaking-some!
It seems almost surreal that the time has come to finally announce it, but boy, are we excited!
Ready to hear it?
How ‘bout now? Are you ready now?
Okay…we’ll stop teasing and just tell you.
WE HAVE A BOOK DEAL!
You read that right! Kim Rodgers and Sarah Sypniewski have just gone into contract with Wiley Publishing to author the official Dog Photography For Dummies, due out later this year!
Man, it feels amazing to write that. Actually, we’d rather scream it from the rooftops, but we’ll settle for this. Might as well get used to writing, huh?
Anyway, that’s the big news we’ve been holding in for far too long, and before we go into sequester for the next 5 months, we thought we’d take a second to let you all in on the secret. Stay tuned to our Facebook page, newsletter, and various blogs for periodic updates on the process…
And if you want the full story, read on.
In February 2009, when Kim’s company was in the thick of dealing with the recession by reducing staff hours, Kim took matters into her own hands. Though she was nervous and unsure, she took a leap. She decided to create Bark Pet Photography as a way to pursue her love of photography and animals. I was totally on board and helped her get it off the ground. In a matter of two years, Bark Pet Photography has become one of the premier pet photographers in Los Angeles. Kim’s work has been featured all over (maybe you saw her on MSN.com recently), we’ve been able to help all sorts of needy animals, and we’ve met amazing people along the way.
Our success with Bark (along with a few other factors) inspired me to follow my dreams, too. It took me a little longer to get there, but on September 3, 2010, I submitted my resignation to AIDS/LifeCycle, where I’d been for six years. I left the only industry I knew (nonprofit) to create my own path—part Bark, part consulting, and part writing. That last part–the writing part–that’s where my true dream was; the other stuff was insurance (though happy-to-do-it insurance). I had no idea if I was making the right decision, let alone how I would go about making a career out of writing…but I had to try.
On September 15, 2010, we got an email through Bark’s website. It was from an acquisitions editor at Wiley Publishing—the For Dummies division (yeah—as in, those ubiquitous yellow and black books that teach you how to do everything from using Excel to building a shed). They were looking to publish a Pet Photography For Dummies and would we be interested in putting our hats in the ring to write it, she wanted to know?
Um. Excuuuse me?
What was that?
We couldn’t believe the timing. If I was looking for a sign from the universe that I wasn’t totally out of my mind leaving a well-paying, respectable job for nothing certain (and I was), I had found one. And if Kim was looking for a sign that she had managed somehow to become a respected expert in her field (at least in the eyes of one of the biggest publishers in the country), there she had it.
We, of course, immediately told the editor we’d be interested in trying for the contract…and so began the process of vetting: credentials, samples, proposals…it took a lot of hard work on both sides, but now we can safely say that IT’S HAPPENING!
We’re a little nervous, but mostly we are just out of our minds with excitement. We look forward to sinking our teeth into the process and share with the world all we know about this field.
I, myself, feel extra grateful–in just four short months to the day, (my last day at ALC was October 8 and we signed the contract on February 8–my father’s birthday) I am writing pretty much full-time. I still can’t believe it.
We’ll see how long it lasts…but for now, we’re just counting our blessings, rolling up our sleeves and diving into this new experience!
PS–we’ll still be taking photography and consulting clients during this time, so feel free to contact us to book us when needed!