SALT LAKE CITY, UT June 14, 2013
John Irby, as the journalism teacher and school newspaper advisor at a junior high school, spent years guiding young writers. As a Language Arts teacher, he encouraged his students to read and write their hearts out.
Now, all these years later, he continues to give himself the same advice. His novel about a red-tailed hawk named Orville caught the eye of WiDo’s acquisition editor, Allie Maldonado, who twice encouraged Irby to rewrite and resubmit it for further consideration.
“Although there were some problems originally with point of view and narrative consistency, the story was solid and the writing itself was wonderful. It is a charming story told well,” Maldonado says. “I found the manuscript refreshingly original and really wanted John to nail it. Thankfully he did, showing his professionalism and skill as a writer, and we were happy to offer him a contract.”