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Going Pro Hit List – A Brief History of Our New Project

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By Scott Bourne

GoingPro is one of the most exciting projects either Skip or I have ever been involved with. We know it’s a good idea because lots of people are already trying to copy it 🙂

And your response has been both overwhelming and gratifying.

We want the community to be as big a part of this project as possible. We’ve decided to be as open and transparent about it as we can. We do this knowing that we open ourselves to even more competition from the people who want to “borrow” our idea. But we’re willing to deal with that. We hope that by virtue of our decision to be transparent, the audience will reward us with their support.

While this is a for-profit venture, both Skip and I have had enough financial success in our careers that we can truly say it’s not about the money. It’s about building a community that helps photographers make the jump from amateur to professional. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to create thriving professionals. People who can shoot for a living and support their families without worrying about where the next paycheck will come from. We want to help create successful professionals, not just professionals.

We hope you will be part of the community and share our successes with us.

Here’s our current timeline. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last few months. As our sponsors start to get on board with the project, we’ll be able to do even more great things. We appreciate them and hope you will support them too.

We look forward to growing this list together. Thanks for your support.

GoingPro Hit List – Here’s a Quick History of Skip & Scott’s GoingPro Project

Updated April 25, 2010

1. December 2009 GoingPro is conceived
2. January 2010 Negotiations with book publishers begin
3. January 2010 GoingPro soft pitched to sponsors at PPA
4. February 2010 Verbal agreement from Random House to publish book
5. February 2010 GoingPro sponsor document created
5. March 2010 Book contract signed
6. March 2010 Blog launched
7. March 2010 Sponsor pitch and negotiations officially begin at WPPI
8. March 2010 Press release announcing GoingPro hits wire
9. March 2010 WHCC signs up as first official sponsor
10. March 2010 Twitter Account set up for Going Pro
11. March 2010 Alltop selects http://www.goingpro2010 as top photo blog – only two weeks after launch
12  April 2010 First chapter GoingPro book sent to publisher
13. April 2010 GoingPro podcast debuts
14. April 2010 In less than a month GoingPro on Twitter hits almost 2500 followers
15. April 2010 Marathon Press becomes a sponsor
16. April 2010 Kubota Imaging/Azuka Book becomes a sponsor
17. April 2010 SmugMug becomes a sponsor
18. April 2010 Posts from GoingPro2010.com blog make WordPress.com Top 100
19. April 2010 GoingPro Facebook Fan Page launches
20. April 2010 First chapter of GoingPro accepted by publisher

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