#24: Erin Campbell, Author of "ABCs of the 80s"

Erin Campbell is an entertainment industry veteran and self-proclaimed '80s expert. She was born and raised in Allentown, PA (yes, like the Billy Joel song!) and attended the University of Arizona. ABCs of the '80s is her first book!

What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business? 

1) Respect. Respect other people's jobs, time, opinions, and goals. It makes work and life a much easier and happier place to work in when everyone feels respected.
2) Attention to detail. I'm such a visual person and really take pride in going the extra mile to make whatever is I'm working on the best it can possibly be. I don't cut corners. Sometimes it may take longer but it's always worth it.
3) Fun. It should be fun! work can be fun if you are doing something you love and if you surround yourself with like minded people. Life is WAY too short. Do what makes you happy and try to enjoy it as much as you can.

Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions?

When we first went out with the book proposal to big publishers we got a lot of no's. People liked the idea but didn't really think it could be or needed to be done. I knew in my gut they were wrong. I think sometimes when you do something different or outside the box more traditional companies get a little nervous and don't like to take risks. With great risk often comes great rewards and if you believe in your idea and yourself you really should not take no for an answer. You are just going to be the one that has to make it happen. You can't think someone else will do it for you. It actually took me a long time to realize that believe it or not. But with this book it became crystal clear. I wanted it, and it was not going to become a reality unless I worked at it every day, kept the momentum going, took care of all the little steps and details along the way along with the bigger ones. Teaming up with my friend / beyond talented illustrator Desi Moore was prob the best decision I made regarding the book. I'm a very creative person but I can't draw, which sucks! But Desi was able to basically create everything I had in my brain and how it looked and made it happen. could have given up so many times during this process but I had already come so far I knew I needed to finish it. Even if it was just for me and ended up going absolutely nowhere. But we did it! And we're just getting started!

What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future?

Our totally rad board book ABCs of the '80s officially came out on Tuesday, March 5th! You can find it online on Target, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc. as well as your favorite local indie book/gift shops. If you look on IndieBound.com you can find out who carries it. You can also order through us on our website! www.abcsofthe80s.com We are SO excited about the book especially the artwork. We have an '80s Memory game "Don't You Forget About Me" that will be out shortly and we will also sell apparel and accessories and other games based on the book! And then we're going to do it all again for the '90s!