Back on June 16th 2011, Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret.com reached out to me to congratulate me on the success of my blog. One of the first emails he sent to me he asked about what my vision for Dear Photograph was. At this point, my website was just under 3 weeks old. I had no idea. Frank gave me some very professional advice on how I should be dealing with things like the media, literary agents, book publishers and such. This was huge for me, I had Frank Warren, the founder of Post Secret, giving little old me advice for my blog. Little did I know this advice would put me to where I am today.
Earlier tonight I went to London, Ontario, along with a few good friends Josh, Krystal, and Seif, to see Frank speak at his Post Secret Live show. Frank invited me a month or so ago, which I was super stoked on. I finally got to meet Frank! We got ourselves into the theatre at University of Western Ontario, and went to the side stage where security was. They let us in, and there was Frank sitting there in a cream coloured chair signing a pile of Post Secret books. I introduced my friends, and then Frank and I got talking, finally. He told me a few things that I’m going to keep in the back of my head forever. He said “You’re in the driver’s seat to do anything you want at this point.”. Which made me realize (and kick myself in the back of the head), that I have this massive opportunity that not many people get to have in their lifetime. At the beginning of the show, Frank was talking about the ups and downs of working with a publisher because you want your book to be perfect. He said to the crowd “You know what it’s like, right Taylor?”. My mind exploded.
In just over a month I will be releasing Dear Photograph the Book worldwide with the same publisher that Frank uses, HarperCollins. And on the front cover Frank was nice enough to provide a quote. It reads, “Digital nostalgia of the highest order-it will make you smile, maybe cry, and go find your old family photos.”.
I thank Frank for being a great friend, and someone I can look up to who has gone through everything I’m about to. I hope that some day I can pack an auditorium like he did tonight.
I’ll be sending Frank my secret the day my book comes out.