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Left is US version and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! Right is UK.
In 2009, Frey formed Full Fathom Five, a young adult novel publishing company that aimed to create highly commercial novels like Twilight. In November 2010, controversy arose when an MFA student who had been in talks to create content for the company released her extremely limiting contract online. The contract allows Frey license to remove an author from a project at any time, does not require him to give the author credit for their work, and only pays a standard advance of $250. A New York magazine article entitled "James Frey's Fiction Factory" gave more details about the company, including information about the highly successful "Lorien Legacies" series, a collaboration between MFA student Jobie Hughes and Frey. The article details how Frey removed Hughes from the project, allegedly during a screaming match between the two authors. In the article, Frey is accused of abusing and using MFA students as cheap labor to churn out commercial young adult books.
This is the essence of the terms being offered by Frey’s company Full Fathom Five: In exchange for delivering a finished book within a set number of months, the writer would receive $250 (some contracts allowed for another $250 upon completion), along with a percentage of all revenue generated by the project, including television, film, and merchandise rights—30 percent if the idea was originally Frey’s, 40 percent if it was originally the writer’s. The writer would be financially responsible for any legal action brought against the book but would not own its copyright. Full Fathom Five could use the writer’s name or a pseudonym without his or her permission, even if the writer was no longer involved with the series, and the company could substitute the writer’s full name for a pseudonym at any point in the future. The writer was forbidden from signing contracts that would “conflict” with the project; what that might be wasn’t specified. The writer would not have approval over his or her publicity, pictures, or biographical materials. There was a $50,000 penalty if the writer publicly admitted to working with Full Fathom Five without permission.
HBO confirmed this morning that they will co-produce the television adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.Though we had shared this tidbit of information with our readers earlier this month, the pay cable channel made the news official today.In addition, today we’re learning that the mini-series will have three episodes and will begin shooting in South West England this summer.The show will also be produced by Bronte Film and Television, the production company run by Rowling and her business partner Neil Blair.The Casual Vacancy mini-series is written by Sarah Phelps (who penned the British shows Eastenders, Great Expectations, and The Crimson Field) and directed by Jonny Campbell (In The Flesh).Cast members haven’t been named yet, but earlier in April we shared news about open casting calls (now closed) which suggested that the casting process was still well under way.Plans for a miniseries based on Rowling’s first post-Potter book were announced by the BBC in 2012 shortly after the novel was published.“I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television,” Rowling said in a statement in December 2012. “I think the BBC is the perfect home.”With HBO producing, it’s likely that the series will air here in the United States on the channel around the time that it does on the BBC.An air date for the mini-series hasn’t been announced yet.Rowling’s other post-Potter project, the Cormoran Strike book series, has reportedly been in the eye of movie studios.
|Malorie Blackman (left) with Julia Eccleshare (right)|
Malorie Blackman in Conversation with Julia Eccleshare summary
Malorie said writing books isn't easy, and that before she started her career, she got 82 rejection letters. It took her two years, but she was determined not to give up until she got her 1000th rejection letter. She said she preferred novels to anything else, and that she'd never be able to write picture books because she thinks they are hard to write. You have to say a lot with little, and that she'd never manage.
She emphasized you should write from the heart and not because you want to make money off it, which was a message that was spreading around the fair since day one. It all comes from the love of reading, at least it did for Malorie. After that, she decided to write her own stories.
"Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find."
― Carol Shields, quoted by Malorie Blackman
She said she's been writing for 24 years now and she's still absolutely thrilled to go out to schools or other events, as many as possible.
Before, she used to work in IT, which also translates into her own novels. She also said she's still pretty techy, and she's obsessed with her iPad. She joked she can barely be apart from it, but she also urged to be careful how one uses technology. She's also an advocate for reading books on technological devices but believes they cannot get you as deep into the novel as paper books. She'd rather have a physical book so you can pass it down the generations which you can't do with a Kindle or a tablet.
She has written books for a lot of different age groups, but she cannot say which was her favorite. She just knows she loves writing novels because she has space to expand. That's why she said writing picture books is hard. You have limited space and every word counts, that's why she says no thank you to picture books.
For Noughts and Crosses, she was first labeled as tech writer, but Malorie said she hates being labeled in the first place. She was then asked if she minds being mostly known only for aforementioned series since she wrote so many other things as well, but she said she's glad it's so because at least she's known for something. As long as people know of her books, she's grateful. She said that she hopes that if people read Noughts and Crosses, they'll also read her other books. She said she's verry lucky to write what she wants.
Her novels are known for asking big questions. She said asking those questions and raising topics for discussion is important to her, and that's why she does it. That's why all her books evolve around some big topic that instantly raises questions.
Malorie is also Children's Laureate at the moment. She said she hopes people listen to what she has to say. She's sure if you say it long and loud it'll work. It's not her work to criticize parties or people. She's there to talk about what's important for YA and children's books, e.g. libraries closing.
She did say that closing the libraries became a political issue. She said you cannot talk about educational standards and close down libraries. She said people must stand up and say that's not right. They have to do something about it.
LonCon is fast approaching and there will also be first UKYA event happening there with Malorie. Her goal is to get her projects off the ground, get people into reading. She understands it can be hard for teens because they have so many other things to do, reading isn't really on their minds. In reality, reading can be a gateway to many things. Her projects include teens coming up with music/art to relate to books.
Malorie said children's fiction is lacking compared to adults'. She believes children's fiction needs more diversity. There's also not many translations.
She also spoke on book restrictions after a question from the audience came on books in prisons. She said restricting books is a short sighted policy. She was referring to governmentally sanctioned no more than 12 books per cell in open prisons (2-3 in closed ones). She pointed out prisons have very low literacy levels and taking away books isn't helping that cause at all, only furthers it for after the inmates are released. She believes prisoners should be given more books so they can read more, maybe even reduce illiteracy.
She also talked about inspiration for her own works. She said she's inspired both by good and bad books. Good because she wants to reach that same level, and bad ones because it gives you inspiration to do better. She drew inspiration from Chrnicles of Narnia, myths and legends, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Agatha Christie etc. A lot of different genres. She said librarians often helped her find amazing books and that's why she believes calling librarians 'shelfstackers' is an insult.
Talking about her writing, she said a good editor is worth their weight in gold. They can bring fresh eyes to the novel, and honesty. You can really trust their opinion. Personally, she goes through books 8 or 9 times and turns to her editor every time she needs help.
|Leah, Malorie and I|
|At the Earls Court tube station.|
Released on September 27, 2012, The Casual Vacancy is “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising” and J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel outside of the Harry Potter world. The paperback version of this novel was released on July 23, 2013. The Casual Vacancy is set in a suburban town in the West Country of England called Pagford. The major themes of The Casual Vacancy are class, politics, and social issues. The Casual Vacancy is under production of being adapted for a BBC television program, which is aimed for release in 2014.