John Whalen was born and raised in the publishing industry. As a freshman in high school, Whalen worked at Cider Mill Press, where he first began to cultivate his knowledge of the literary market while establishing fundamental relationships with publishers, retailers, and agents. Whalen later attended Fordham University and began editing numerous manuscripts and authoring three cookbooks – Paleo Grilling, Prime, and Rubs – in order to cover the costs of tuition. Whalen later joined the team at Workman Publishing Company, and then in 2016, with an extensive background in publishing and a talent for creating unique book ideas, Whalen set off on his own to establish Whalen Book Works. Today, he oversees an extensive team of talented writers, editors, and designers in order to create beautiful books of the highest quality.