From Imagination To Publication

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Editing Update...and Stuff.

Has it really been FIVE days since my last post?  I swear, it feels like I am blacking out and transforming into Super Editor while my regular self is unconscious.  I have no idea where the time goes.  When I finally realized I'd finished my content edits the other night, it was like waking up out of a trance.  I kept asking myself, "How did I do that?  What did I even write?"  Now that all the heavy lifting is done, I am reading through and making sure it all makes sense.  So far it does, and I am really happy with it.  Thanks Super Editor!

Also, and this is completely unrelated, I just found out last night that the book I AM NUMBER FOUR, was actually partially written by James Frey!  Crazy right? 

I Am Number Four is a young adult science fiction novel by Pittacus Lore (a pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes). The book was published by HarperCollins on August 3, 2010,[1] and spent 7 straight weeks at #1 on the children's chapter of The New York Times Best Seller list.[2]
Touchstone Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures bought the rights to the film in June 2009; it was released on February 18, 2011. The novel is the first of a proposed six-book series.[3]

I know there was this whole deal about A MILLION LITTLE PIECES being mostly made up, but I didn't care one tiny little bit.  My entire book is made up.  Anyway, I was a huge fan of A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (not a young adult book by the way).  I absolutely loved it, and I'm glad to be reading more of James Frey.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Hunger Games MOVIE!

If you haven't heard yet, Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games MOVIE!  Gale and Peeta have been cast as well, but this is our first look at Jennifer as Katniss.  I had my doubts at first, with her blond hair and delicate look, but I do have to say they did a great job transforming her into the character we all had in our heads.  Here is a link to the Entertainment Weekly article: The Hunger Games

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Proud To Be ZOVA

Some news came out about my publisher (ZOVA Books) a few weeks ago, and I realized I forgot to post it on my blog.  Actually, it's not just some news, it's AMAZING news.  Make sure you read all the way to the bottom where it mentions who Circle of Confusion represents.  You'll say to yourself, wow, wait, did I just see the Wachowski Brothers?  Yes, you did, and yes, they created The Matrix Trilogy.  Holy cow right?

The people at ZOVA continue to amaze me.  They are young, smart, talented, driven, and honest.  I feel so lucky to be a part of such an awesome team.  I know ZOVA is going to do great things, for me, my first novel The Descendants, and for the publishing industry.


Circle of Confusion Enters Into Management Agreement With Publishing Firm ZOVA Books

Acclaimed Hollywood production and management company, Circle of Confusion announces partnership with the boutique literary publishing house, ZOVA Books for film, television, and foreign print rights.
Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2011 - Circle of Confusion, a premier media management and production company, announces it will be representing the publishing firm, ZOVA Books, for film, television, and foreign print rights. Circle of Confusion has received numerous awards and nominations for its production of the acclaimed television series The Walking Dead. Their partnership with ZOVA Books brings them a growing catalog of fiction for representation.

ZOVA Books is a boutique publishing firm with a diverse catalog that includes two New York Times #1 bestselling authors. ZOVA’s authors include Academy Award winning screenwriter and author Michael Blake, best known for the iconic Dances With Wolves, Pulitzer Prize nominee for the international bestseller Sacajawea, Anna Lee Waldo, and mystery bestseller, Michele Scott.

Established as a creative organization focused on the success of individual authors and the development of wide-ranging creative projects, ZOVA has developed a next generation publishing model in a time when most publishers, both small and large, are struggling to reconcile traditional practices with the growing phenomenon of digital publishing.

ZOVA's CEO, Matthew Pizzo, says, “It is an honor to work with David Alpert and Circle of Confusion. The positive and proactive energy they bring to their work is incredible, and inspires us to continue our efforts to create a truly unique media firm.”

“ZOVA is an incredibly exciting new publishing company,” says Circle Partner David Alpert, “They have impeccable taste in material and are building an amazing platform for authors. We’re very excited to be working ZOVA, and think that there are amazing synergies between our two companies.”
The announcement of the partnership between Circle of Confusion and ZOVA Books precedes a series of significant book releases by the publishing company, including the exclusive e-book release of Dances With Wolves, the upcoming novel by Michele Scott, Happy Hour, and the newest release by Anna Lee Waldo, a historical epic entitled Watch the Face of the Sky.

About Circle of Confusion:
Circle of Confusion, a feature film & television production and management company, was founded in 1990. Initially a New York-based literary management company, Circle expanded into production in 2002 while simultaneously opening a West Coast office in Los Angeles.

The Management division of Circle represents screenwriters and directors as well as content creators and comic book libraries. Clients include the Wachowski Brothers (writers/directors of The Matrix Trilogy); directors John and Drew Dowdle (Devil, Quarantine) and Jon Poll (Charlie Bartlett); screenwriters Dan Mazeau (Clash of the Titans 2, The Flash), Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), Jon Spaihts (Darkest Hour, Alien Prequel), 2009 Blacklist winner Christopher Weekes (The Muppet Man), and 2010 Blacklist winner Wes Jones (College Republicans); television writers Tim Schlattmann (Dexter), Todd Harthan (Psych), and Doug Jung (Dark Blue); comic book creators/screenwriters Brian Michael Bendis (Powers, Jinx) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible); many journalists with articles appearing in periodicals such as Wired, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Men’s Journal; and libraries which include books from IDW Publishing, Skybound, Seven Seas, and Shadowline Comics.

The Production division is currently prepping season two of the record-breaking hit AMC series The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman’s hugely successful Image Comics series, starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, and Sarah Wayne Callies. Circle is also prepping the recently green-lit Powers for FX Network with Michael Dinner and Charles Eglee. Previously, Circle has produced the pilots Them for Fox and Ultra for CBS.

On the feature side, Circle of Confusion has successfully set up more than thirty feature projects on studio development slates. These include projects such as: Inherit the Earth at Sony (with Michael Bay); Existence 2.0 at Paramount (with Al Gough & Miles Millar adapting); Fire at Universal (with Zac Effron attached to star); Antwerp at Paramount (with J.J. Abrams); and Straight Outta Compton at New Line (with Ice Cube & Dr. Dre).

Circle of Confusion is currently in prep on the 3-D horror film Hellbenders, written and to be directed by J.T. Petty. Circle also produced the recent Magnolia Films release Vanishing on 7th Street directed by Brad Anderson and starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo and Thandie Newton as well as the indie release St. John of Las Vegas written and directed by Hue Rhodes and starring Steve Buscemi, Sarah Silverman, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Cho.

Circle of Confusion established its identity developing elevated “genre” material, but has since expanded the client base to include writers of all types including, but not limited to, comedy, drama, and animation. The company is built to self-generate (either through its own library or elsewhere) high concept ideas and then develop and package the material to ensure success at the studio level. Whether it is breaking new talent or developing projects, Circle works to bridge the gap between the fringes of pop culture and the Hollywood mainstream.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pics Are In!

Whether you are following my blog for updates on The Descendants, the wedding, or both, I want to say thank you for sticking with me through this.  I know I haven't given a lot of attention to my posts, but I have been consumed with rewrites.  It has been worth it though.  I am so excited about the changes I've made, the twists and new characters I've added, and can say without a doubt The Descendants is a better book.  I still have a bit to go, but at least I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Although I've mentioned it many a time, I have to remind myself almost every day to take it bird by bird, chapter by chapter, page by page.  Anyway, it's getting there.

Now for you wedding junkies...the engagement pics are in!  I know I said this before, but that was just a taste.  There are a ton of them.  Thank you Jillian Bisinger for such amazing photos!  Also, thanks to everyone who posted a comment on her blog.  My favorites are posted below, but you can see them all here: Engagement Photos

Stephenie Meyer's The Host MOVIE!

Since the announcement in September of 2009, I have been anxiously awaiting news on Stephenie Meyer's The Host (Movie).  It's here!  Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom I was pleasantly surprised to learn they cast the part of Melanie (and Wanderer).  The lucky lady...Saoirse Ronan from The Lovely Bones and Hanna.  I can't wait to see how they pull this one off.

Saoirse Ronan

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Engagement Shoot Sneak Peek

Yay!  Jillian Bisinger, our beautiful and super fun wedding photographer, posted a sneak peek of our engagement shoot on her blog.  If you feel like giving Brian and I a pre-wedding gift, add a comment to our engagement post (on her blog).  We get $5 per comment toward prints, an album, etc.
Check out the rest of the photos here:
Thanks Jill and Tony for a wonderful day.  You made it so much fun and I love the pictures!  Can't wait to see the rest.