As you might recall, I shared with you in early February that I was working on a book. (You can read more about that announcement HERE.)
I've been wanting to update you on the status of the book but was waiting on a more official announcement from the publishing company with which I was working. Since that has not occurred and may never occur, I can't yet fully disclose the nature of why the deal is not moving forward.
But I can share a few things:
* I'm really ok with it all. If you knew how many times things haven't worked out for me professionally, you might be surprised. Failure and disappointment is a part of the job. It makes me sad for a moment, and then I dust myself off and move forward.
* I found out about the change in direction just after I had submitted all my work for the book. What will happen with all those projects? Some I've shared with you (you just didn't realize it at the time). Some I'm compiling into a workshop which I plan to host on the same site as my former 2Peas workshops. I just need some time to get the site up and running. And some will never see the light of day. It just isn't worth it, and some of the projects seem too "dated" to me. (Maybe I'm self-editing a bit.)
* While I am disappointed, I am not upset with the wonderful people who helped me with this book. The editor, the photographers, and the people at the publishing office were kind, generous, and very sad when the book was pulled. I appreciate their time, talent, and efforts to help me. I also feel very grateful for the opportunity even if it won't be moving forward.
* While my personal book was pulled from the publishing line-up, there were other titles as well that had to be pulled. It makes me sad to know that other talented people were affected by this change. It was outside of all of our hands, but it still makes me sad.
* I'm not giving up. I'm kind of a fighter. I won't lie. I get disappointed. I cry. I don't always understand. But when someone tells me in one way or another that I "can't" do something, I kind of get a little mad (not at them, but within myself). And then I set out to prove to myself most of all that I can do it. Somehow an opportunity like this will come again.
If in the future the publishing company decides to share more about this decision, I will obviously share as well. However, to protect the relationships I've encountered there, and to respect the company I won't share information that I don't feel is my right to disclose.
I do want to thank you for your excitement and encouragement around the book. How incredible it was to know that I have an army of cheerleaders pulling for me every day. What a lucky girl I am!
Thanks for your friendship, love, and just general kindness. You're the best!