Had a great conversation yesterday with my editor (and breathed a giant sigh of relief when I realized all his edit proposals were straightforward and minor, nothing super big or structural). Here’s my editing station–N64 controller, stolen CTA map and all!
I got to see the first draft of the cover for Here’s Waldo! There will just be a few more tweaks, minor edits, but it’s like 95% there, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I’ll post the final cover once it’s done and I’m allowed to share!
Working with Atmosphere Press and Nick Courtright has been a true joy. They’ve been fast and responsive throughout, Nick is communicative and kind, and he really “gets” the book. Bonus points for having the same name as me. 😂 But seriously, I couldn’t ask for a better publisher. Editorial work is officially underway (coincidentally exactly six years to the day since I started writing this manuscript), and a cover concept is coming soon!
I’m really excited to share this: My alma mater, Columbia College Chicago, interviewed me about getting my debut novel Here’s Waldo signed for publication! In it, I talk about the genesis of the novel, its connection to my own life, and how instrumental Columbia was in the creation of the book. The link to the full interview is here!
This is what it looks like when a dream comes true. I can now officially announce that I’ve signed a contract with Atmosphere Press, and my coming-of-age novel Here’s Waldo is getting published!!!!! There’s still the process of development, editing, and publication ahead of us, but when that’s done, my book will be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers, both in print and digital. I am honestly in shock right now, in the best possible way. It’s been 6 years since I first started writing this. I’ve put so much time and effort into this story, so much of myself into it. I was that poor kid living in the torn-up part of town. I was that young man struggling to make it in the world, and now I’m about to be a published author. A novelist. This is surreal. Dreams really do come true. To everyone who has read drafts of this over the years, followed along with all of my posts and updates, and given their support: thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!
I guess this publication got lost in the shuffle, because I just realized this was online! This is a creative nonfiction piece I wrote a few months ago about choosing sobriety. Very happy to share this one with all of you. 😁 Also, I might have some bigger, even more exciting creative news coming very soon!
It makes me so happy to share this editor interview I did with Six Questions For… When I was a younger writer who was still chasing his first publication, the editor interviews on SQF were like my bible. So the fact that I’ve since been published in the places I’ve been and am now an editor myself and had SQF reach out to me for an interview… It’s absolutely incredible. The link to the interview is here, and you can check out (mac)ro(mic) here! 😁
My CNF story “Enby Late Starter” is live in issue 10 of Echo: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction! Thanks so much to all of you for reading and supporting both my work and myself over the years!
I have to say, it felt pretty fucking fantastic to read this email. 😁 I’m happy to report that my creative nonfiction story “Enby Late Starter” was just accepted for publication in Echo, an imprint of @paragon_press. To say I’m excited is a severe understatement. You best believe I’ll provide linkage once this is live!