CHUM — The Director’s Cut Special Edition

Fifteen years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to do this. The commitment to printing books was too much of a set-in-stone, once-you’ve-gone-down-that-road-you-can’t-look-back scenario. But I come from a world of movie makers, where we pride ourselves in the director’s cut. So I did one for CHUM.

While writing the book, I kept wrestling with the age of Levi Middleworth, our protagonist and would-be hero. He kept going back and forth between 13 years old and 16. Finally I settled on 13, because it was closer to Guster’s age in Evertaster (he’s 11 in book #1). It made sense because my main audience was elementary school kids. But something about that age didn’t fit with the rest of the story. CHUM needed to be seen by high school readers. The subtleties of growing up and the forging of one’s identity would only ring true to a high school teen. CHUM, ultimately, is made for a Young Adult audience.

But it’s too wacky and ridiculous, you say? There are little yellow, round-headed autonomous bots wandering around a ship, and sharks who speak? Don’t worry! There’s a perfectly scientific explanation for all this, just like all the episodes of Doctor Who ever made. No really. It’s all plausible! There are even chemical compounds referenced in the text that would actually make this work. If Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy can get away with it, then so will I (maybe).

So for the e-book, I broke some rules. I changed Levi’s age to 14, and now he’s preparing to enter high school instead of eighth grade. One year of roiling, confusing hormones mixed with coming-of-age, identity questions about who-you-are and what-is-everything-all-about can make a big difference. That single year is a major adolescent to young adult threshold. Besides, it just felt right.

Is this even legal you ask? How dare he! This story was locked in stone. “Levi will always be 13 to me!” You might say. Good. That is good. We still have the paperback edition, standing as it has always been written here. But, I think when you see this new cover, you might say “O, now that was worth it.” Look how great this is!

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Scary, dangerous, true to the peril which you will face inside its pages, this cover holds nothing back. (Thanks to Chris Harvey, the artist and my good friend for capturing and posing this shark just so).

As of right now, you can get a copy of the Director’s Cut of Chum, with this new killer shark cover, for the special e-book discount price. See you soon.

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San Diego Comic-Con Highlights

It’s no secret that I love Comic-Con. San Diego of course, has always been the king of Cons. I get professional passes because of my work as a VFX artist. So on a whim, I hopped a flight and spent Friday and Saturday learning the true meaning of comics.

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I jumped off of Big Ben on the Assassin’s Creed obstacle course. Think Parkour meets American Ninja Warrior. Don’t worry, there’s an airbag at the bottom. 2015-07-11 17.27.28

There was a healthy dose of World of Warcraft items from the upcoming Warcraft movie. I thought this was cool, since I haven’t really been able to talk about working on that film. Now some of our work is going public. Warcraft comes out June 2016. Here’s one of the Orcs: 2015-07-10 17.49.47

And here is one guy from the Alliance, brought to you by Weta Workshop and their Armory. I’ve always loved their craftsmanship:

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And then, of course, there was Batman, back to a classic suit from a bygone era:

2015-07-10 12.31.44I don’t care what the screenwriters or comic writers say, Superman would totally win.

And finally, some amazing cosplay. The turtles from the 90’s era movie, incredibly well done and pretty amazing:

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I’ll be on a couple panels at the upcoming Salt Lake City Comic Con, as well as signing books. So come on by if you’re in Utah. That’s September 24-26. Stop by the Future House Publishing booth too, and I’ll sign a copy for you.

 

FLOATER – A New Picture Book

Authors are always asking me how to get their books made. These last few months I helped my friends Rick and Ryan publish their picture book FLOATER. It’s out today on Amazon! http://amzn.to/1F085X4 After making the Fetch Trailer, we couldn’t resist making one for Floater too. See if you can recognize the narrator. Did that voice sound familiar? Yep, it’s actually me. What’s super cool is you can even get custom, limited edition sketches from the artist if you order today. Go here:http://www.futurehousepublishing.com/2014/11/17/floater-launches-wednesday-november-19th/ Floater_cover

CHUM Launches Wednesday, Oct 22nd. Get a Draft of Evertaster: The Delicious City.

Hello my friends! CHUM launches this Wednesday October 22nd! Everywhere I go, readers ask me when the next book in the Evertaster series will be finished so they can read it. Well, good news! If you buy CHUM on Wednesday from Amazon, I will send you the top secret, rough, uncut first couple chapters of the Delicious City! Yep, you’ll get an exclusive copy of the work in progress sent to you in the US mail.

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This special bonus is only good for books bought on Amazon on Wednesday, October 22nd. To claim your bonus rough draft, follow the steps below:

Step 1: On Wednesday, October 22nd, click here to order CHUM on Amazon:

Step 2: Amazon.com automatically sends an email to your inbox with the subject:

Your Amazon.com order of “Chum”.‏

Open the email and forward it to publicity@evertaster.com. Before you click send, write “Prizes Please!” in the body of the email like so:

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Be sure to forward the email to publicity@evertaster.com.

Step 3: Scroll down in your email until you see this:

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Click to share on Facebook. Use the hashtag #ChumTheBook. You can tweet it or share on Pinterest too!

You’re all done! Give me at least 2 weeks to get your rough draft to you, since my wrist is going to be tired with all that signing. Bonus rewards are only good in the USA.

Remember, this offer only applies to CHUM books bought on Wednesday, October 22nd, so be sure to make your purchase and send the email that day! Click here to get started:

Happy reading!

Adam

Orson Scott Card Buys the Evertaster Movie Rights!

You know how I spent 10 years making VFX and animation for movies? Well, a few months ago, some producers actually approached me and asked if they could buy the movie rights for Evertaster!

I just signed the papers a few weeks ago, and was waiting for it to be public before I gave any details. I confess, when I was working on King Kong or Tron, I always dreamed of putting my own story up on the screen one day. I didn’t have 100 million dollars (which is what it takes to make some movies), so I started writing instead. And then BOOM! This happens. The unexpected. The wonderful. And guess who has set out to turn Evertaster into a movie?
 

That’s right. Orson Scott Card, creator of the famous Ender’s  Game and a writer I respect. I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Mr. Card. Here’s a blurb from Publisher’s Marketplace:


Veteran special effects director for TRON and KING KONG, Adam Sidwell’s EVERTASTER, which follows the adventures of an 11 year-old picky eater as he travels the globe in search of the elusive “gastronomy of peace”, the most delicious recipe the world has ever known, all while being pursued by a cult of murderous chefs, to producer Orson Scott Card, and Peter Johnson of Taleswapper, by Alyssa Eisner Henkin at Trident Media Group. 

So there you have it. Now when will this happen, you ask? This summer? Next year? The truth is when someone buys the movie rights, they have a specific time frame in which they must write a script, hire actors, and find the investors to fund the film and get it made. Evertaster will be an expensive movie to make. Just think about those gorillas and giant chickens the size of tigers! We’ve already had some discussion about what is absolutely necessary and what is not. We sat down in a story meeting and combed through the plot points and character motivation, so that we were all on the same page. Peter Johnson has been great to work with, and Scott Card is so supportive and encouraging! So there’s a long road to go, but this is an incredible first step, and I’m ecstatic to be on this journey. I can’t wait to see you all at the theater. 

CHUM – coming October 22nd!

Soooo, a long time ago, even before Evertaster came out, I wrote a book called CHUM. My sister says she likes it even better than Evertaster. My wife said this book is more “me.” I agree with her. I think it has a lot of “me” in it. It was one I wrote as a young, unpublished writer, when you have fewer inhibitions, and let your imagination get a little crazy. I hope you’ll like it too. Here’s the cover:

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What do you think? It was designed by the magical Chris Harvey. He is a rendering wizard for Pixar. The contrast of smiling faces and dangerous things fits the story perfectly.

Here’s the story:

Thirteen-year-old Levi Middleworth insists he’s got a Destiny, even if half the internet’s tried to bully it out of him with a viral video. When a Hollywood executive in a trim green suit invites Levi to star on a reality TV show aboard a hi-tech pirate ship, Levi thinks his Destiny’s finally come a knockin’ – a bit of fame is exactly what he needs to finally make some friends his eighth grade year. But almost as soon as they set sail, the games aboard the ship turn savage, and he and his new bud Holly must do everything they can to find themselves some Chums – little round-headed autonomous toys – since failing to do so means getting thrown to the sharks.

With the help of Levi’s long-lost television hero and a tech-savvy pirate crew, Levi has to rethink his quest for fame in an attempt to save himself, his fellow contestants, and every human being on the beach from a feeding frenzy of grisly proportions.

The Most Exciting Thing You’ll Do This Summer

Summertime for me is magical. I could write a whole book about it. Heck, maybe I will. But for now, I just wanted to share some of my summertime favorites with you. You see, there was this pond in Utah that I used to visit every summer in college. I borrowed a friends bike — not sure if we told her what we were using it for. This is what we did:


That wasn’t my video. A couple years later some cool guys (one named DevinSupertramp) went and filmed it. The trick was you had to attach a milk jug to the bike so it didn’t sink to the bottom. Our milk jug broke free and blub blub. The bike was gone. So I started diving. Luckily, I found a pedal on the first try, and hauled it back to shore. When we got it out of the water, we realized it wasn’t our bike. Somebody else lost theirs too. Back I went, and boom! I grabbed hold of another pedal on my second dive. I hauled that one back to shore and sure enough — not our bike. I pulled no fewer than 5 bikes out of the pond that day. So I shared. I gave them away to all the pond jumpers who hadn’t brought their own. Eventually I found our bike, and it was happily returned to its owner. If you happened to be 1 of 5, or maybe 80 who lost their bike to the pond circa year 2001, and you borrowed it from a friend, comfort that friend with knowing their lost bike lived well, and rides on in another pair of hands.

What do I do now for summer fun? Loads of things. But one of them is sign books at Costco all over Utah. If you want to hang out and come get a signed copy of FETCH or Evertaster, here’s where I’ll be:

  • Tuesday, July 8th. 11-2pm SANDY, UT Costco
  • Wednesday, July 9th. 11-2pm SPANISH FORK, UT Costco
  • Tuesday, July 15th. 11-2pm OGDEN, UT Costco
  • Wednesday, July 16th. 11-2pm BOUNTIFUL, UT Costco
  • Thursday, July 17th. 11-2pm LEHI, UT Costco
  • Friday, July 18st. 11-2pm WEST VALLEY, UT Costco
  • Saturday, July 19th. 11-2pm SANDY, UT Costco
  • Monday, July 21st. 11-4pm MURRAY, UT Costco
  • Tuesday, July 22nd. 11-2pm BOUNTIFUL, UT Costco
  • Wednesday, July 23rd. 11-2pm OGDEN, UT Costco

Plus, if you whisper the magic word “biplane” I’ll give you a bonus FETCH poster. If you’re not in Utah, or can’t make it, go to your local bookstore or try Amazon. There are some killer deals out there right now. Just click here.

Now, there’s one more thing I’d love to do this summer. Tell me in the comments below if you’d do it too. Look!