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It's here! My first proof copy of Here's Waldo just came in the mail, and it is perfect. I can't believe how amazing it is in person. Swipe through to see a dream come true, including an unboxing video! And a reminder that you can pre-order this through the link in my bio! Wow. I am so incredibly happy right now. This is the best early birthday present I could ask for. Less than 2 months till pub date! 😱 #HeresWaldo #novel #comingofage #published #publication #publishing #writing #fiction #nostalgia #90s #iwrotethis #indieauthor #indieauthors #writingcommunity #woot #celebration #ididit #dreamcometrue #paperback #writer #Chicago #chicagoland #desplaines #illinois #winstonsalem #dtws #wsnc
Huge thanks to James Diaz and Anti-Heroin Chic! I’m so excited for this one to go live!
The day after I graduated college, back in 2014, I started writing Here’s Waldo. Today, the day after moving into a new place with the love of my life, I started writing The Brother We Share. This will be autofiction, a novel that tracks my suicide attempt in 2016, only in this version of events, I didn’t survive. It’ll focus on my brothers and my friends who became brothers. It’ll be a story where my younger brother CJ found Here’s Waldo before I’d been able to finish it and decided to turn it into this book instead, a hybrid of that story and the intertwined lives of my friends, family, and I. I cannot express how thankful I am to be here and to have the life and the opportunities that I now have. Life is absolutely precious, and while this book will be hard to write, it’ll also be necessary for me. Thanks so much to all of you for supporting me on my journey, and an immeasurable thanks to the folks who kept me alive when I was barely hanging on. None of this would’ve been possible without you.
My coming-of-age novel Here’s Waldo is now available for pre-order, and it’ll release October 1, 2020–1 month after my birthday! I put everything I had into this book, so to say I’m excited is a severe understatement. So thrilled to share this with you! You can pre-order my book here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Interior formatting is done, and they’re now going to mail me a physical proof copy of the book for final approval! Here’s the title page and thanks/dedication page, which is appropriate, because I’m feeling incredibly thankful right now. I’m going to hold this book in my hands soon! Huge thanks to all of you who have kept up with this project over the years and shown your support. You’re all awesome!
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.
For anyone who’s heard me talk about Here’s Waldo over the years and wanted to know more about it, here’s a blurb straight from the back cover of the book! We’re finalizing the cover right now, and on the internal side of things, editing and proofreading are done! The text is essentially “locked” now, and from here we’ve got folks figuring out the internal formatting for both print and ebook formats, along with fonts and all that good stuff. I seriously can’t say enough good things about Atmosphere Press. They’ve been fast and efficient, helpful and professional throughout the entire process. I’m literally watching a dream come true, and they’re responsible for it. I can’t wait to share this story with all of you!
Some very exciting news:
1. I got approval to share the cover of Here’s Waldo, and here it is!
2. Our timeframe for release as of right now is around October of this year!
3. We will be doing pre-orders on Amazon, and I’ll drop the link for that once it’s live!