This month, I became a published photographer. Some time ago, Mark Zachry happened across my Australia photos and contacted me about the possibility of using one of them for the cover of an academic book he was co-editing. Mark is a professor of technical communication at the University of Washington, and the book is Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations [Amazon] [B&N] [Baywood]. I received a gratis copy of the book at my office address today.
This is not the first time my photographic work has been used by others; I'm aware of various event tickets, business cards, and presentations. But this is (as far as I know) the first time one of my photographs has been displayed on Amazon and B&N. If you do “search inside” at Amazon and click one page past the cover, you'll find my photo credit at the bottom of the page. That's somewhat exciting.
Incidentally, commercial use such as this is not permitted by the default license, so don't start treating my site as istockphoto! To reproduce my photographic work commercially, you must seek specific permission (as Mark did). If the thrill of having my amateur work appear on Amazon wears off, I may start raising the fee. ;)