Obviously, Bloomsbury thinks it has potential, because the coauthors, John Hulme and Michael Wexler, are on a West Coast pre-pub tour. The two, who have been best friends since they were kids, had breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with book buyers, booksellers and librarians, and also met with their target market—kids in 20 markets from San Diego to San Francisco to Seattle.
In order to chronicle their experiences during the tour, Hulme and Wexler created an online diary, which can be read on The Seems Web site www.theseems.com In September, the site will also contain a blog by the book's main character, Becker Drane, and a Fixer's Lounge, which fans will need a password to access (the password can be found in the book).
Twentieth Century Fox has optioned film rights. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) is set to direct, and the book's co-authors will write the script. [Full disclosure: probably not my first choice of directors, but this isn't my book, is it? Although I kind of wish it were.]
Have you ever been jealous of someone else's idea?