A New Chapter …

John B Valeri_Web PageDear Friend:

Welcome to this, a new chapter in the book of my life.

For the past seven-and-a-half years, I’ve written the Hartford Books Examiner column for Examiner.com. In that time, I’ve interviewed hundreds of writers and reviewed hundreds of titles, found my pull quotes featured in dozens (and dozens) of books, appeared on radio & television, and moderated author/book discussions throughout Connecticut.

So much of my identity was wrapped up in that title: Hartford Books Examiner.

Then, on July 1st, I stumbled across the news that Examiner.com had gone defunct. (On Facebook, no less. Because isn’t that where all life-altering stories break?)

Just like that, the forum that legitimized my journalistic ambitions was gone.

And you know what I felt in that moment? Freedom.

(Okay, okay … also a momentary sense of panic. Will the books stop arriving on my doorstep? Will the invitations to appear at events stop being offered? Will the many, many people who’ve shared their stories so generously stop thinking I’m worthy of their time and thought?)

Though I’ve lost one virtual home, I’ve been liberated to create another (www.johnbvaleri.com). I’ve also regained the ability to indulge my book lust on my own terms. Yes, that’s right: I, I, I. I’m done sacrificing personality for professionalism. They can coexist.

So here we are.

I’m so excited to share the worlds that exist between pages with you!

Happy Reading,

John

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s