I first learned that I would be a published author in January of 2010, just a few months after my first post on Webook and after the website helped me find my agent. Now, as I write this, I am just a few days away from seeing the realization of a lifelong dream come true. On May 3, 2011, my debut novel, Where Things Come Back, will hit bookstores all across the country. I pinch myself every morning when I wake up….and I also watch for falling anvils. This last year and a half has been incredible. Indescribable. Crazy. And amazing. Everything I’ve wanted to happen has happened and it seems like I’m living someone else’s life.
Just two weeks ago, the trade reviews started coming in for the novel and I’m happy to say that they are great! First was a wonderful, complimentary review from Kirkus and then was the best thing ever---a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Apparently, people like this book.
With only a few days left until the book is actually available for the public to read, and a few weeks until I officially start my book tour (visit www.johncoreywhaley.com for more information), I am so overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation that it’s getting hard to sleep! I’ve made the important decision to take the next year or so to promote my book and focus on editing my second novel and getting it ready enough to hopefully land another book deal. I am happy to say that I am leaving my five years of public school teaching, effective June 1st. It is the right thing to do and the support and encouragement I’ve received over these past eighteen months, from friends and strangers, has assured me that writing is the career I should devote my life to.
I’m not going to keep going on about how lucky I am or how happy I am and all of that mess that you’re probably all rolling your eyes at. But I do want to extend an excessive amount of gratitude to all of the writers out there who are working late at night to finish that manuscript they’ve been obsessing over. I want to thank the people at Webook, who started a service that actually works for people like me, who have been rejected so many times in the past. And I want to tell all of my fans and readers and future readers and the like that you all have no idea how extremely grateful and honored I have been to share my story with you all.