Holy crap! My stock agency e-mailed me this morning to tell me I’d sold a few photographs. I was surprised, considering I hadn’t actually sold anything through them before, and I was feeling kinda dejected about the whole stock thing, to tell you the truth. I was beginning to think my stuff was not worthy of publication outside my own little realm, which consists mainly of Etsy and smaller, independent art magazines that can’t afford to pay.
Thinking it would be $50 or so, I opened the attached statement and was shocked (quite literally–I nearly screamed out loud) to discover a payment amount exceeding $1200. That includes payment for two book covers (!) and four smaller European publications.
Book covers! I’m on book covers! Actually, my brother is on book covers, to be more accurate. Both books used images of him from the impromptu photo shoot we did in December of 2003. One of the books hasn’t been released yet, but the cover looks just as fantastic as this one, which was designed by Ervin Sorranno (the bottom photo is by Dennis Cohadon). I’m very impressed with the way they used the work. The overall effect is wonderfully eerie.
I’m floored. I’ve been walking around all day in a giddy fog. I have no idea what we’ll do with the money yet. Most likely it will have to go back into my business in some form or another. I have been eying a new iMac! Or we may include my office as part of our upcoming home renovations and re-do the floors in there, such that a portion of the cost will qualify as business expenses. The Scrooge in me is screaming to put it into savings and leave it there. I just don’t know!
What’s really funny? Tim saw this book reviewed several days ago on one of his favorite blogs, and didn’t recognize the photo. Silly goose!
This actually isn’t the surprise I was telling you about in my last entry, but it’s pretty damn good as far as surprises go.