This Week in Rejection!: New Blood…Again!

Remember  this  guy?

He’s back!

Yeah, I kept trying New Blood magazine and they kept rejecting me. There’s a nice little irony in this one, though, in that the editor says he doesn’t consider stories “from a child’s point-of-view.”

And look at how I make my living now. 🙂

I Hunt Killers: The Cover

I wasn’t sure when I would be able to show the cover to I Hunt Killers, but now that Variety has done so, I guess it’s fair for me to do so as well.

Here it is, in all its bloody goodness! (Click for maximum gore!)

 

I Hunt Killers cover

 

 

I Hunt Killers: The TV Series

[Update: Never mind.]

Well, I’m kinda surprised to be announcing this so soon, but Variety has already broken the story, so…I Hunt Killers cover

Yes, like the title says: It appears that my upcoming novel I Hunt Killers is destined to be coming to a TV screen near you!

The Variety story has most of the details, and I don’t have much to add, except on a personal level. Am I completely shocked to have had this happen months before the book even comes out? Um, yes. Am I excited? You betcha.

Will it be exactly like the book?

Not a chance in hell.

It’s TV. There are going to be changes made. AND THAT’S OK.

Lookit (I always wanted to say “lookit”): If I wanted a 100% completely faithful adaptation of my novel on TV, I would have to start my own network. And life is too short for that. Which means, yeah, that they’re not going to do this exactly the way would do it. But as I said above: That’s OK. I never planned on adapting my own book to TV in the first place! I am perfectly happy to let them take a shot at it and see what happens. Their enthusiasm is pretty infectious, I have to say.

Some of you may ask, “Why would you even let them do this unless they promised not to change anything?” And I suppose that’s a fair question. I thought long and hard about this, and here’s where my thinking eventually brought me:

I write books. I don’t write TV shows or movies. I write books. My job and my passion is to tell stories in prose and have as many people as possible read those stories. If someone makes a TV show or a movie based on one of my books and it isn’t a faithful adaptation, that doesn’t hurt my book. My book is still safe on your bookshelf. Or on your Kindle.

However… The mere existence of a TV show can be a boon to a book. For example, HBO’s True Blood is a great show based on a terrific series of novels. But as a fan of the novels will readily tell you, the show deviates quite a bit from the books. Still — a lot more people have discovered those novels now as a result of the show, despite that distance from the source material. So it’s really a win-win all around. Great books, great TV, lots of happy viewers, and lots of happy readers.

So I hope that, come April 2012, you guys will join me in welcoming to the literary world one Jasper “Jazz” Dent, son of the world’s most notorious serial killer, and a kid trying to figure out just what his destiny is. If a TV show happens to follow, well… That’s cool, too, and I hope you’ll join me in welcoming him again. 🙂

My heartfelt thanks to everyone at WBTV Development who loved the book so much, and most especially to my agent, Kathy Anderson, my Hollywood agent, Jody Hotchkiss, and my entertainment lawyer, Tom Collier.

(And, yeah, I can’t believe I have a Hollywood agent and an entertainment lawyer, either.)

Wednesday Warren – Splendid Isolation

As I readied this week’s Wednesday Warren, I realized that the next song on Transverse City is the first of Side 2…and that I’d already used “Splended Isolation” once before!

So, since today has been sort of busy, I’m going to refer you to that write-up (here) and I’ll see you next week for a discussion of Side 2!

Be a Superhero Contest Winners!

I had an absolutely ridiculous amount of fun reading y’all’s entries for the Archvillain “Be a Superhero” contest. They ranged from heartwarming to hilarious to absurd to outright bizarre, and I loved every last one of them. It was extremely difficult winnowing down the field to only twenty.

But winnow I have! And now you can check out the winners, listed below. Just go to http://barrylyga.com/new/archvillain-pb-contest.html and scroll to the number listed if you want to read each entrant’s terrific super-submission.

Thanks to everyone who entered! The winners will receive a signed paperback edition of Archvillain, and are also entered into a drawing to receive one of five advance copies of Archvillain Book 2: The Mad Mask when it becomes available later this fall!

Here are your winners:

  • #3: Archduke Admiral Maximus Leftsock
  • #7: The Hodgenator
  • #8: Vice-Grip
  • #12: Mammalove
  • #13: CyberSane
  • #16: Hope
  • #19: Chiyo-chan (the last line is genius)
  • #22: Bastet
  • #23: Dark Lady
  • #26: The Punster
  • #28: Dorkboy
  • #29: Jed-iPad Master (hilarious)
  • #33: SuperFairyGodmotherLibrarian
  • #34: Tenacious Teacher
  • #35: Teacher
  • #36: Captain AntiBooks
  • #37: Stephanie Schock & Action Jaxon
  • #39: Knowitall
  • #42: Joyce
  • #44: Nerverd McBird