Monday, February 11

My book's been optioned--just in time for movie week!

Just in time for this week's movie theme here at the Teen Fiction Cafe, I'm thrilled to announce that my two young adult novels, I Was a Teenage Popsicle and Beyond Cool have been optioned by Fresh Entertainment (affiliated with Fresh Animation, producers of the fabu toons 6teen and Total Drama Island)! The Fresh producers are hoping to make a movie first, then a spinoff TV series! They're pretty confident they can attract network interest in both Canada and the U.S., so keep your fingers crossed...

I'm doubly proud because this deal came about upon my own initiative. Usually, these things happen when a book deal is announced in Publisher's Marketplace (which studio scouts read) or when an author's literary agent sends the material to a film agent. My books had attracted some interest at the PM stage, but no deals happened. And the books weren't the type of thing the film agent my lit agent partners with were interested in. After that, I sort of shrugged and thought, Well, that's that.

Then one night when the family was watching 6teen (which we looove), my husband said, "This show sounds like your books. Why don't you send I Was a Teenage Popsicle and Beyond Cool to the producers?"

To which I (the all-knowing editor/writer) rolled my eyes and told him that wasn't how it was done.

To which he said, "Why not?"

To which I had no answer.

But I still didn't want to do it--thought maybe sending the books in myself was amateurish, unprofessional.

To which my hubby said, "I think you writers are all so beaten down by rejection you forget that you can control your own careers."

To which I said, "You know what? You're right."

I sent the book off with a letter telling the producers at Fresh (the address of which we found on the net) what a big fan of their shows I was and pitching my Popsicle books.

They called two days later.

Moral of the story: the conventional paths don't always work. Try the unconventional one when they don't!

Blog ya later,


P.S. Did lunch (yeah, I'm totally going Hollywood!) with the exec producer at the Fresh office--an ultra-cool loft space filled with 130 animators, editors, directors, etc. and got super-excited!


Amanda Ashby said...

Hugs Bev - I'm so excited about your amazing news! And yes, I think that quite a few production companies etc are going to be hit by authors who have been inspired by you!!!!!!!

Sara Hantz said...

This is absolutely fabulous news Bav. I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to see it!!!!

Wendy Toliver said...

Such an amazing story, Bev! I'm so excited for you. And way to go, taking that step on your own. I know your books will make a wonderful film or sitcom or both!

bevrosenbaum said...

Aw, thanks, everybody!

DeenaML said...

This is so freakin' cool, Bev! Congrats!

bevrosenbaum said...

Aw, thanks, Deena!

Kelly Parra said...

Bev, I'm so impressed you did this on your own! Congrats!!

bevrosenbaum said...

Thanks, Kelly--I kinda can't believe it worked!

Gerb said...

Wow! Congratulations, Bev! How exciting! You must keep us updated on the production.

Yay, you!

bevrosenbaum said...

Thanks, Linda--it really is exciting!

Alyson Noel said...

I am so over the moon excited for you! And I just LOVE the way it came about-- you married a very wise man!

bevrosenbaum said...

Aw, thanks, Alyson. I did, indeed!

Melissa said...

you know i'm dancing around for you! yay!!

misa ramirez said...

That is so fantastic, Bev. Congratulations! I've heard quite a few stories about people taking the unconventional path to success. It's exciting that your path led you to this!!

Kim Culbertson said...

What a cool story, Bev. Thank you for promoting the non-traditional path - your story rocks! Congrats on your success! Your husband sounds exactly like mine - he's always encouraging me to just send stuff. I love what he said about "you writers..." So true! My young adult novel was just optioned as well. It's called Songs for a Teenage Nomad and it's a WAY indie title from a tiny press, so I'm happy it's getting a little notice. I clearly seem to be doing things in all the non-traditional ways so your story was just so heartening!

Em said...

That's so awesome! Isn't being unconventional so much fun? :)

Kim Culbertson said...

Oh so much fun!!! :-)

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