Growing up, I never thought I’d see my name on a book cover, let alone one with a back cover blurb like this. Thank you so much, Gauraa Shekhar, Maudlin House, Atmosphere Press, Nick Courtright, and all of you who support my work. This is a literal dream come true.
I just got the first interior-formatted PDF of Here’s Waldo, and words cannot describe how excited and ecstatic I am right now. After all this time–six years of writing, rewriting, and sending this thing out, the finish line is actually in sight. Wow.
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!!!!!!