Gettaloadathis! I've just rec'd an email from Orion - the parent company of Weidenfeld & Nicolson who published Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana. I haven't heard from them for nearly a year - since they decided not to renew my contract. She wanted to know if it was ok to use a photo G had taken of me for the Spanish edition!
Yes, indeed. I had to read the email several times to take it in. It seems Trading Tatiana is going to be translated into Spanish and published by El Tercer Nombre. What's really strange is that this was apparently negotiated last Autumn - but no one told me! If it wasn't for the business with G being the copyright holder of the photo, I wouldn't have known now either!
So why now? Well, I think it's all to do with creating the right karmic climate for things to happen. I've been amazed and uplifted by the wonderful levels of support I've received since I started blogging. You know how it goes - if you're feeling positive you attract good stuff.
I used to be part of a photography collective. For five years we worked together doing social documentary stuff for voluntary organisations and charities. At no point would we not have been better off signing on but we were doing something we loved and felt committed to. (Do you sense a trend here?) Anyway, sometimes we did very little work to be honest. Days could meander past filled with making silly audio tapes of darkroom noises and dressing up and taking bizarre photos. Then, after a bit, we'd shake ourselves up and decide to do some work - sorting files, printing up pix etc. Almost invariably, the phone would start ringing the same day and commissions would come in.
Which - in long and tortuous fashion - is the point I'm making. It's all about creating the karmic climate.
And - this at last is the REAL point - I couldn't do it without all of you.