Waldo is 1 today! Thank you so much for reading my story about a nerdy kid who came from the torn up part of town. Think I might make a pilgrimage there today to celebrate. 😊 And if you haven’t read this yet but want to, you can get it from your favorite indie bookstore here!
It makes me so happy to see this. 😊 These 5 out of 5s are huge, especially for indies, and ESPECIALLY for indie debuts. To anyone who’s reviewed my book or plans on doing so: thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Check out the debut coming-of-age novel that Gauraa Shekhar of Maudlin House says “occupies an important space in the psyche of American fiction,” with prose author Zach MacDonald calls “eye-opening and powerful” and says “showed the mind of a true humanist at work.”
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Spanning the late 90s to the 2010s, HERE’S WALDO is a sprawling, tragicomic novel that tracks the story of Waldo Collins, a nerdy kid born in a torn-up town in the shadow of Chicago–unincorporated Des Plaines, IL. It’s a story about what it was like to come of age as the new millennium dawned with all its irrevocable changes. A story about the family bonds we’re born with and those we create along the way, and about using humor to find light in the dark. About generational trauma and the continuation (or completion) of cycles of violence. It’s here we follow Waldo from age eight to twenty-four as he figures out his place in the world, leaves his hometown to become a writer, and ultimately comes back to face everything (and everyone) he left behind. Here’s a story of loss, love, grief, guilt, and a search for meaning. Here’s Waldo.
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!