Today, May 18, 2020, is the tenth anniversary of Belly Up’s publication.

Ten years ago today, I became a published author. Belly Up was released by Simon & Schuster.  If you go back to my very first blog post (which was also published about ten years ago) you will see that it was a very momentous week fo me.  On May 14, I had watched my friend, astronaut Garrett Reisman, blast off into space, and then my family spent the next few days having fun in Florida.  Somewhere around may 18, Garrett took this incredible photo of my first copy of Belly Up (which was an Advanced Reader Copy) on the space shuttle.

At the time that Belly Up was published, I thought that maybe, this might be the only book I would ever write. But thanks to the support of some of the finest people I have ever worked with, such as my agent Jennifer Joel, my publisher, Justin Chanda, editors like Courtney Bongiolatti (who really left publishing to become an FBI agent), Kristin Ostby Hoyle, Liz Kossnar and Krista Vitola, and my cover artist Lucy Cummins (who may have created the finest cover ever for this book), I have now published twenty books and am scheduled for another six over the next two and a half years.  (Plus, there might be some exciting new projects to mention in a few months.)

My career in publishing has been an incredible journey. When I started, I had no idea that I would get to engage with my young readers so often via school visits and blog post comments, or that my own children would eventually get involved in the editing process, or that I would be participating at book festivals and meeting fellows authors. As it happens, many of those authors have become some of my closest friends.  Authors like James Ponti, Sarah Mlynowski, Christina Soontornvat, Karina Yan Glaser, Max Brallier, Gordon Korman, Ally Carter and many, many, many more.

So thank you to everyone who has supported my career, bought one of my books, come to a reading of mine, sat in on a panel, written me fan mail, given me a positive review, or simply enjoyed the book. Thanks to all the hard-working bookstore employees and librarians out there who have recommended my books to young readers.

And of course, thanks to all of you, my readers.  This wouldn’t have happened without you.

Stuart

318 thoughts on “Today, May 18, 2020, is the tenth anniversary of Belly Up’s publication.

  1. Mr. Gibbs, I went to the rainforest site, clicked the button, reloaded the page, clicked the button, reloaded the page…

  2. I just started rereading your series and I realized that your children’s names are Dashiell and Violet, and that you have slipped their names into the series you have written. For example in Funjungle Teddy is friends with Violet and Dashiell, in Spy School Ben is randomly introduced to a Violet and Dashiell, and in Moon Base Alpha the Maine character and his sister are Dashiell and, you guessed it Violet.

  3. Wait, I remember a Violet and Dashiell in FunJungle and MBA, but my memory must be bad because I can’t remember anything about a Violet and Dashiell in Spy School…

  4. adas –

    The storylines haven’t moved far enough ahead for them to have an anniversary in FJ7. I have no idea if there will even be an FJ8.

  5. hello my name is spencer and your books are the best I didn’t like reading until I found MBA Please make another one when you have time

    From a crazy 11 yo. who loved your books

  6. what do you think the next book of the spy school sires will be about?? or what will it be called please tell me

  7. Truman Smith =

    Look at the right hand column of every single page of this website and you will find the answer to your first question.

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