Big Announcement & Best Swag Evah Revealed!
At my Spotlight on Saturday I announced that . . .
The Parasol Protectorate Books have been optioned for TV!
*insert polite gloved clapping here*
Now, please don't get too excited . . .
- What is an option? The right to try to raise backing and interest from Talent (writer, director, actor) to try to put together the possibility of some kind of show. In this case a television or mini series.
- Who got it? A small but lovely independent film company out of Ireland has optioned the Parasol Protectorate series for one year with a possibility of re-upping for two years. They are behind such awesome projects as Breakfast on Pluto and Kingdom.
- When? Could be within the next two years, could be never. Unlikely to hit airways for some time. That's how options work.
- Were? Should the project come together, the pitch would go out to both UK and US film stations, both network and cable. Yes, that would include the BBC but there is no guarantee they would pick it up.
- Why? My suggested pitch was: True Blood meets Downton Abby ~ only funny. We shall see if they use it.
- How? My books have two things working against them, which add up to the same end result. 1. They are set in the past in exotic locals. 2. They have fancy steampunk elements and lots of supernatural special effects. 3. Result = expensive.
So? Am I thrilled and very excited, yes indeed. But it's best to be only cautiously optimistic about such things.
I'd love to read your perspective is on fantasy casting. I adore knowing what actors and actresses readers envision in the various roles. I did a little guest blog ages ago, and I'll do another one here in the future. But for now, bring on the blog posts! However, please remember, whoever you cast must be able to do a proper British accent. I positively demand it! *shakes tiny fists* I'm utterly exhausted by this run of Americans trying to be posh. Shudder.
Present company excluded, of course.
The Best Swag Evah give away at Comic Con was, as many of you guessed, a sneak ARC copy of Etiquette & Espionage the first in my new Finishing School series. Little Brown brought 100 copies with them, I signed them, and within two hours on Thursday they were gone. For those of you who took the time to track the book down ASAP and give the code word I am truly grateful, you guys made me look good in front of my new publisher. No small thing. I do hope you enjoy it!
I'll be posting Comic Con details, experiences, honors, joys, and silly incidents over the next week. I don't want to overload you all at once. Plus Retro Rack will feature all my outfits (and other people's), including a DIY for the very silly hat I wore on Sunday.
To those of you I got to meet, those who stood in line for the signing, and those came to my spotlight and tweet-up I am so honored. (Several of you did them all. Yes, I noticed.) There was much awesomeness at Comic Con I feel privileged you took time out for me. It was a brilliant and humbling experience.
More to come!
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Crossing Words Off Your List: Making the Most of Editing "What Not to Use" Lists
PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. I know that number hasn't moved in a while . . . Comic Con man.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.
The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.
Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!
The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released
Alexia Fan Art
Quote of the Day:
'One said I could not be a woman, because I wore a belt; the other replied that I might be a man, because I did not show my trousers and had no hair; but they both agreed that I looked like a woman, as I had no beard. Evidently I was a great puzzle to them.'
~ Life in Kashgar as Victorian female, 1898 (via Hickman's Daughters of Britannia)