It's here! It's here!
Yes, it's the CHAINED release day!
Here's the short version of the road to publication:
Spring 2006: Got the idea to write a story about a captive elephant and started writing
Spring 2009: Started submitting the manuscript to agents
February 2010: Signed with agent Joanna Volpe
May 2010: Sold manuscript to editor Margaret Ferguson at Macmillan/FSG
May 8, 2012: Publication day!
May 2012 seemed like so far away when the book sold, but now I can't believe it's really here. I'm kind of at a loss for words, except for the many thank yous to everyone who helped me and supported me along the way.
So I'll turn things over to Navin Johnson:
And, of course, to Spongebob Squarepants:
Have the best day ever, everyone!