I've been published!!!

I totally forgot about the request I had received for one of my photos to be used in a book until a check came last week. (I was contacted about this well over a year ago!) I was happy I got a check, but at the same time I was a little disappointed that I didn't receive the book that my photo was used in.

Then, it arrived:

Winnebago County: Connected

Here's a little excerpt from the front sleeve:
Winnebago County:Connected explores the charms and advantages of living and doing business in northern Illinois. Industrious, forthright, and self-reliant, Winnebago County exemplifies the American small-town way of life while offering the convenience of city living....As Winnebago County's towns and cities experience a social and economic renaissance, a new generation is discovering opportunities in logistics, food production, health care, and high tech manufacturing. Winnebago County: Connected describes hoe a grand old county is reinventing itself as the changing face of America's Industrial heartland.


How cool is that? Here's the original photo

And look! They even credited me!

This is the first time that one of my photos has been published in a book! (I've had my photographs used in a newspaper article that I wasn't credited for...) I'm so excited! Does this make me a real Photographer now? ;)