What a sweet treat!

We are so thrilled to finally have advance copies of Amy Atlas’s Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It . It was over 3 years in the making and was worth every minute once we see all 384 pages of this gorgeous book. Take a look at Amy’s book trailer to see some sweet treats and stunning crafts!

Stonesong’s First ebook! 20 Minute Vacation is out!

Just in time for the first day of spring, Stonesong is publishing its very first ebook, making Judith Sachs’ 20-Minute Vacations available again.

Buy it on Kindle here now; NOOK and iBooks versions are coming soon.

With more than a hundred relaxing, invigorating, and just-plain-fun getaways that you can enjoy in under twenty minutes, 20-Minute Vacations is a perfect read to refresh yourself for spring.

Stress-reduction and relaxation expert Judith Sachs shows you how to take a “getaway”–by preparing a soothing fruit facial or running your toes through a container of sand, for example–without straying far from your home or office. The best part is that these vacations are totally affordable, yet give you the respite you need to go back to your routine with some bright, fresh new energy.

Fox 2000 Acquires Film Rights to Amy Tintera’s REBOOT Series

Fox 2000 gets ‘Reboot’

Company nabs feature rights to futuristic novel by Amy Tintera

By Dave McNary of Variety

Fox 2000 has decided to “Reboot,” snapping up feature rights to Amy Tintera’s yet-to-be-published novel and setting the futuristic project with Chernin Entertainment and Vast Entertainment.

Producers are Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark via Chernin Entertainment and Vast Entertainment CEO Lane Shefter Bishop

Rights deal closed Friday.

Pic will be developed as a suspenseful action-thriller set in a futuristic world where the population is afflicted by a deadly virus, and teenagers are “rebooted” after death to become vicious soldiers. An unlikely pair use their new found powers to join forces and overthrow the organization that has corrupted their world.

Rights to the novel just sold to Harper Collins and will be the first in a series by Tintera.

Fox-based Chernin produced “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” as well as TV series “Terra Nova” and “Breakout Kings.” Chernin and Clark are also producers on Joseph Kosinski’s untitled sci-fi pic for Universal, starring Tom Cruise.

Vast Entertainment is producing the feature films “The DUFF” with McG and his Wonderland Sound & Vision for CBS Films, and “Hemlock” with Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road Pictures. Vast is also producing the TV series “Call Me Crazy” with Scott Stuber for NBC, and “The Investigator” with Jonathan Prince at Fox, based on Anne Perry’s novels.

Bishop is repped by Paradigm. Tintera is repped by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118050116

 

 

 

Elton John Acquires Film Rights to Michael Buckley’s NERDS Series

PRESS RELEASE

ELTON JOHN’S ROCKET PICTURES ACQUIRES FILM RIGHTS TO NYTIMES BEST-SELLING BOOK SERIES, NERDS, BY MICHAEL BUCKLEY

BUCKLEY SET TO WRITE SCREENPLAY FOR ANIMATED FEATURE ABOUT SPY NETWORK SET IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

LOS ANGELES (January 9, 2012) —- Rocket Pictures has acquired film rights to the New York Times best-selling series of books, NERDS, by author Michael Buckley, and will develop the books as an animated family feature film, it was announced today.  Buckley will write the screenplay.  The film will be produced by Rocket Pictures principals Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish.  Elton John will executive produce.

“Nerds is an action-filled comedic property with a great inclusive message at its heart,” said CEO Hamilton Shaw. “We think it has huge potential as a dynamic and modern family movie.”

Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, the popular and critically acclaimed NERDS series follows a group of unpopular and socially inept geeks who run a spy network from inside their elementary school.  Three books have been released in the past two years, with the third released in September, 2011. The series has close to one million copies in print in the U.S. and Canada and has also been acquired by publishers around the world to sell in six international territories.  The fourth and fifth titles will be published in Fall 2012 and Fall 2013 respectively.  Michael Buckley is also the author of the New York Times best-selling Sisters Grimm series published by Amulet Books.

From the publisher: NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society combines all the excitement of international espionage and all the awkwardness of elementary school. The series features a group of unpopular and socially inept geeks who run a spy network from inside their school. With the help of cutting-edge science, their nerdy qualities are enhanced and transformed into incredible abilities! They battle the Hyena, a former junior beauty pageant contestant turned assassin, and an array of James Bond–style villains, each with an evil plan more diabolical and more ridiculous than the last.

Rocket Pictures is Elton John’s film, television and theatrical production company with a focus on family and music-related projects over multiple platforms.  Rocket Pictures most recently produced the 3-D animated movie “Gnomeo & Juliet,” which was released by Disney and featured an all-star voice cast led by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as well as new songs by Elton John.  The film earned $100 Million domestically and over $190 Million worldwide.  Rocket Pictures is currently producing “Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll,” written and to be directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”), and also developing “Rocketman,” a biographical musical-fantasy feature film about the life of Sir Elton John, written by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”).

Michael Buckley was represented in the deal by UTA, NY publishing agent Alison Fargis of Stonesong and attorney David Colden.  Rocket Pictures is also represented by UTA.

 

Literary Agent Emmanuelle Morgen joins Stonesong

PRESS RELEASE

A NEW AGENT, A NEW MISSION, AND A NEW NAME

NEW YORK, NY (December 9, 2011). Stonesong, a literary agency, book developer, and custom publisher, redefines their mission with a new look, name, and website and adds a new agent. Starting January 5th, Stonesong welcomes literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen, representing adult and children’s fiction, including women’s fiction and romance, historical fiction, and young adult fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of psychology, pop science, self-help, and memoir.

Founded in 1979, today Stonesong has three distinct divisions: a literary agency representing adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction; a book development division providing concept creation, project management, design, and production services; and a custom publishing division collaborating with private clients to produce the highest-quality books and e-books. New York Times­ bestsellers include The Sisters Grimm series and the NERDS series by Michael Buckley (Abrams/Amulet), The Daring Book for Girls (HarperCollins), and How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp (Grand Central Press). Forthcoming titles include the widely anticipated Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (Knopf, Fall 2012), Small Plates and Sweet Treats by Cannelle et Vanille’s Aran Goyoaga (Little, Brown, Fall 2012), and Amy Atlas’s Sweet Designs (Hyperion, Spring 2012). Stonesong’s books and authors have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, The Martha Stewart Show, Live with Anderson Cooper and in O Magazine, People, InStyle, Parents, and Glamour.

PERSONNEL

Alison Fargis, Partner, represents a wide range of commercially successful, bestselling properties, including cookbooks, pop culture, how-to, fashion, health/wellness, diet, parenting, and children’s and adult fiction.

Ellen Scordato, Partner, manages the production of packaged and custom-publishing titles, working with major publishers and corporate clients including ESPN, NPR, Antiques Roadshow, the New York Public Library, Miraval Resort and Spa, and the Kennedy Center.

Judy Linden, Executive Vice President, Literary Agent, and Director, Digital and Print Media, has been a respected publishing professional for 30 years as an agent, book developer, and executive editor. Judy has represented top-selling properties in the following categories: cooking, fashion, design, crafts, health/wellness, fitness, psychology, parenting, popular science, business, and self-improvement.

Sarah Passick, Editorial Assistant, is a recent graduate from Tulane University and the New York University Publishing Institute. She is interested in acquiring narrative nonfiction and pop culture titles from and for twenty-somethings.

New Website, New Name

As our new website goes live, The Stonesong Press is becoming Stonesong. We’re doing more with ebooks and increasing our commitment to our growing literary agency arm. Keep an eye out for more exciting news on that front soon.

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