Future House Publishing Sweeps State Book Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Future House Publishing Sweeps State Book Awards after Only Two Years of Publishing Provo, Utah – November 21, 2016 – Future House Publishing stands amazed as books MARROW, STORMS, and CARETAKER sweep the 2016 Utah Book Award in the Young Adult Book category. After 2 years of publishing, founder Adam Glendon Sidwell is ecstatic about the success Future House has seen. Preston Norton’s winning book, MARROW, hit #1 bestseller in “Teen and Young Adult Superhero Fiction” on Amazon. Jacob Gowans, bestselling author of the Psion Beta series says of this adventure; “Fans of comics, superheroes, and stories with twist after twist will love Marrow. It’s filled with nods and homages to classic heroes, yet still manages to put a unique stamp on the genre.” Preston is represented by Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency. Finalist STORMS is book 2 of Kevin L. Nielsen’s “Sharani” series. Book 1, SANDS, hit the #1 bestseller list and received audiobook deals from Tantor Media and book 3, SKIES, has been in print since August 2016. STORMS is described by James Ramos, author of That Girl, Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Story as “A sweepingly epic tale of survival and magic. A definite must-read.” Finalist CARETAKER is Book 1 of Josi Russell’s “Caretaker Chronicles,” followed up with 2 other books, GAURDIANS and SENTINEL, and 1 short story, “Stasis Dreams.” CARETAKER also has received audiobook deals from Tantor Media. Author Josi Russell teaches creative writing and fiction courses as an Associate Professor of…

Evertaster: The Delicious City

“Fast paced and full of heart! I gobbled up every word of this book buffet!” –Frank L. Cole Author of The Afterlife Academy The long anticipated sequel to Evertaster is now here. Readers have been asking me for this book for years, and I’m finally done. First I had to tour 300 schools across the country, start my own publishing company, finish Evertaster: The Buttersmiths’ Gold, publish Chum, kickstart Fetch, do animation for Warcraft and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and have 2 more children. Phew! Now I can finally tell you the next phase in the Johnsonville’s story. Here’s what happens to Guster in this book: Ever since he took a bite of a legendary dessert last summer, twelve-year-old Guster Johnsonville has never been the same. In fact, when a strange little man dressed as a conquistador comes clattering into the barn at the back of the Johnsonville farmhouse one afternoon, he forces Guster to face the truth: Guster is now the most delicious thing in the whole world, and a terrible monster is coming to eat him.  The monster is one of the Yummies—a pack of horrible, ferocious creatures with an appetite for sweets. What other choice do Guster, Zeke, and Mariah have than to run away from home to escape the mysterious beast?  On the run in a far corner of the world, Guster and his siblings discover a secret settlement known as the Delicious City. Now, with the Yummies hot on their trail and…

True Heroes

It’s not very often I get to be part of something like this. 19 other authors and I each wrote a short story for a book called True Heroes. True Heroes is a collection of modern-day fairy tales about real kids who are fighting cancer. I wrote a story for the book for Ellie, who’s always dreamed of being a baker: Ellie’s was diagnosed with stage 2 of differentiated sarcoma of the kidney in 2013. She is currently in remission and able to lead a much more normal life. Her dream is to be a baker. So Jon Diaz, the talented photographer behind the project made it happen. True Heroes is one of those projects you just want to be a part of and hope that it succeeds. Some other authors felt the same way, like Brandon Mull (NYT Bestselling author of Fablehaven), Jennifer Neilsen (NYT Bestselling author of The False Prince), and my buddies Chad Morris (Cragbridge Hall Series), and Jeff Savage (Mysteries of Cove). Their stories are all in there too. If you’re near Provo, Utah this Saturday, Shadow Mountain Publishing is hosting a launch party with many of the authors of True Heroes at the Provo City Library Saturday, September 12th at 3pm. Photographer Jonathan Diaz used his portrait photography skills to bring the kids’ dreams to life with photos. I first met Jon when a friend introduced us because Jon wanted some advice on the publishing world and bringing his book to life. I was really happy when his book found a publishing home….

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. 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.  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:  And here is one guy from the Alliance, brought to you by Weta Workshop and their Armory. I’ve always loved their craftsmanship: And then, of course, there was Batman, back to a classic suit from a bygone era: I 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: 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/

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…

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…

FETCH is here

Well, I didn’t sleep much last night. My book is about to get released into the wild. (I wonder if Edwin’s this nervous). Luckily, my Kickstarter friends got copies and have enjoyed them so far, so that really gives you a boost. It’s not that I didn’t think Fetch was great. I always loved it and I think it’s beautiful. Every time I read it I think – there’s not one thing I’d change about this book. It’s just… you wait to for it to finally be revealed so you can hear what people think. So far so good. We’ve had some great 5-star Amazon ratings, and people have been posting all over facebook about it. I’m having a good day. If you haven’t yet, go get your copy. You won’t regret it. Click here. Or, if you want to get the special BONUS Poster or Tshirt, go here. Thanks for reading my friends!