The folks who publish my books (the awesome team at Peachpit Press), put out a press release yesterday announcing that according to research data compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, I was the #1 bestselling author of photography books for 2011 (here’s the link to their release). Yay! :)

I’m actually really psyched for two reasons: the first being that this is my 2nd year in a row in the #1 spot. Back in 2009 I was in 2nd place because this one guy beat me out, but the other reason is: being the #1 bestselling photography book author sounds a whole lot cooler than what I was for the previous six years: the #1 computer and technology book author, which kinda sounds like a distinction that might get you beat up at the playground. Thankfully, they now separate the photography book sales from the computer/technology category (they used to lump them in together) which I think makes a lot of sense (and keeps the bullies away at recess).

My Publisher, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel wrote a blog post about it with more details (here’s the link), but before you jump over there, I want you all to know that I couldn’t have done it without Nancy and her incredible team (Scott Cowlin, Sara Jane Todd, my Editor Ted Waitt, and all the great people at Peachpit and New Riders) who make all of this possible in the first place. I’m indebted to them for everything they do to support my books and help them reach the largest audience possible.

I also owe a huge thanks to my in-house book team, including my Editor Kim Doty, Creative Director Felix Nelson, my book designer Jessica Maldonado, my Tech Editor Cindy Synder, and to Dave Damstra and his layout team; they are truly my secret weapon. I’m really blessed to be able to work with such talented, passionate and creative people.

Of course, most importantly I want to thank you—-the wonderful people who buy my books and give me the opportunity to write more books (if your books don’t sell, your book writing career comes to a screeching halt). Your support, and tireless ability to put up with my quirky sense of humor, allows me to continue on as a writer, and I just can’t thank you all enough.

Oh yeah, one more thing: “Whoo Hoo!!” :-)