I know I promised a post after SCBWI, and that is still COMING!
However, I have a few other things going down (including a teensy weensy looming deadline) and I want to make that post as epic as the experience it will detail, so…please stay tuned. I met so many amazing people and had such great experiences—I even remembered to take some pictures!
So the post-SCBWI post (um…) will have to be fashionably late, but it will be coming to you from Hollywood, so that’s okay, of course!
In the meantime, I suggest everyone go over to Goodreads and add Courtney Summers‘s latest novel, THIS IS NOT A TEST. Because she just released what it’s about today, and I haven’t seen so many people on Twitter hit the ceiling in a long time! If you like Courtney’s raw, contemporary novels where people are their own worst enemies and you never see the twists coming until you find yourself muttering ohnoshedidn’t…take all of that…and ADD ZOMBIES.
I cannot wait for this book to come out! :)
(full disclosure: Courtney is my critique partner—but that just means I know TINAT is awesome)
So I have been insanely busy for many reasons (some personal, some business, but for the most part I have been in The Edit Cave). BUT I wanted to pop in here for a quick update before I leave my gorgeous city, Denver, for wild and exotic Los Angeles!
I will be attending the 40th Annual SCBWI summer conference (Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators) — if you’re going to be there, please say hello! I’m *cough* working on my shyness, so this might be the only way I get to meet anyone.
I’ve been to one other SCBWI conference two years ago in New York. It was overwhelming to say the least, even then. This time it will be overwhelming AND I get to meet the following people: A huge number of fellow 2012 debut authors The Apocalypsies, Nova Ren Suma (okay, we’ve met before, but I’m so excited to see her again!), Mary Kole (my agent), Alessandra Balzer (my editor), Michelle Weiner (my film agent), among many other overwhelmingly awesome people.
And while I’m on the subject of L.A. and Hollywood, I am so excited to share this:
This is the trailer for a little Sundance hit called LIKE CRAZY, which should be in theaters in October. A few months back I wrote another exciting post about my book, THROUGH TO YOU, being optioned for film. Director Drake Doremus and writer Ben York Jones are two of the people I’ve been told are interested in making this happen, and they are also two of the people responsible for LIKE CRAZY. I have only seen the trailer at this point, but now that I’ve watched it three or four times…the thought of the filmmakers behind THIS trailer even considering turning THROUGH TO YOU into a film gives me the most unbelievably wonderful chills.
About a month ago, shortly after the sale of THROUGH TO YOU to HarperCollins, my literary agent-extraordinaire, Mary Kole, told me there was some “Hollywood interest” in the book. Which, um, AMAZED me. I had no idea people in LA would glance twice at you if you had no book sales or weren’t a YouTube video sensation. So I told Mary that was interesting, and we both agreed we wouldn’t get excited.
Fast-forward to last Friday night, March 18th! I found myself on a conference call with Mary, and film-agent-extraordinaire, Michelle Weiner, of CAA. I don’t think I hung up for good that night until sometime after 9:00pm, but when I did, we’d accepted a film option from Paramount and The Montecito Picture Company with a whole bunch of incredible names attached!
It’s starting to feel cliche to say things like: Someone pinch me. This can’t be real. How did this happen? OMG WAT? …but humor me?
And to be clear, a film option does not necessarily mean TTY will be made into a movie. Many, MANY books are optioned all the time and never go any further than that. But for a girl who didn’t even have an AGENT four months ago, let alone a book contract or a FILM option? This is exciting.