The hardest part in creating a book is convincing other people to overcome their fears. In submissions, for sure, and I think a lot in life we’re guided by our fears. My life certainly, has been guided and shaped by it.
In high school I was on a date with a girl that I desperately wanted to impress when I had my first cigarette. I was afraid that if I didn’t bring cigarettes, since she smoked, that she would somehow think less of me. She was older than me and probably out of my league at the time. We went on two dates, coffee and cigarettes, and I continued smoking for seven years after that.
After high school I almost married the wrong woman out of fear. We were together for a long time, loved each other, but truly had no clue who the other person was. I was afraid that if I didn’t marry her I’d live a life of destitution, forever doomed to live with my parents. The wedding was called off two weeks before we were to wed. I spent a year and a half paying her parents back, while sleeping on my father’s floor, but I’ve spent the past five years married to my soul mate.
And so my point in all of this is that if you submit for the book there’s a chance you won’t get in, though we do our best to make sure everyone is included; the submissions are competitive, they’re from great photographers, and there will be plenty to choose from. But, if you don’t submit at all, then there is a guarantee that you won’t get selected.
Recently I asked Laura Yurs about her experience in submitting for the book, and here’s what she had to say: