22nd July 2011, London—Simon and Schuster today announced the acquisition of a new teen novel for the Facebook generation, with a hugely successful collaborative team behind it – New York Times bestselling author Jay Asher and award-winning author Carolyn Mackler.
The Future of Us was acquired at auction, amidst a flurry of global interest and numerous international deals being signed. Venetia Gosling, Fiction Editorial Director for S&S UK, bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including e-book editions, from Helen Boomer, Group Rights Director for Penguin US. Film rights have been optioned byWarner Brothers, with Denise Di Novi (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, What a Girl Wants and the upcoming The Lucky One) set to produce.
Everybody wonders what the future holds for them. Emma and Josh are about to find out in this unique and compelling story… The Future of Us opens in 1996, when few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma has just got a new computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh load the CD and log on… only to discover their Facebook profiles in 2011. So begins a quirky, original and accessible story as the teens see their futures laid out before them, and realise that every decision they make in the here and now changes their lives in the future…
Written as a dual narrative from both characters points of view, The Future of Us is a funny and romantic read for tweens and teens, cleverly exploring the impact of what is now second- nature online networking on a previous generation. The Future of Us will be published in the UK and Australia simultaneously in January 2012. A high-profile marketing and publicity campaign will be focussed online, and of course will include Facebook and other social media elements.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Publishing News: Asher & Mackler (UK release)
I was so pleased to receive this press-release as it means a UK release for Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler's Future of Us. I loved Asher's, Thirteen Reasons Why and can't wait for this new book.