4 May 2009

"Phone Chat"

Last week, I had my first phone chat with Lucy and Shelley, the producers who optioned the film/TV rights for Graffiti Girl.

I was nervous, but they are so friendly that they put me at ease. They had incredible ideas that I never even imagined and they seem so excited and determined.

It’s still surreal that Graffiti Girl was optioned. It’s a big IF it will ever make it to a screen, but its a surreal dream that I’m experiencing step-by-step and it makes me smile.

Their love for movies really hooked me because of my own love for them. So it was fun to talk movies, directors, writers, and actors as a wish list. Lucy and Shelley’s vision for Graffiti Girl is awesome.

We’ll be chatting once a month and if things start to happen I’ll definitely keep you posted. Right now it’s just fun to dream.

4 February 2009

"Signing The Option"

I know its been a long time no blog. πŸ™‚

I hope everyone has been doing well! I just finished my latest proposal and turned it into my agent. I’m hoping there will only be minor edits this time around, but time will tell.

And I just had a fun experience yesterday….

Signing my film option for Graffiti Girl!

I signed my film option agreement for Graffiti Girl!

Wow, I think the negotiating began in October of last year. My agent enlisted a co-agent who specializes in film contracts. Every detail you could imagine was discussed. If Graffiti Girl was adapted for television, cable or film. If it never gets adapted. If it goes to screen and plays so many times. It was indeed a whole experience for me and very exciting.

Now, it’s rare for a book to be optioned, even more rare for a book to make it to TV or a movie stage, but I’m wowed by the option no matter what happens. It is an accomplishment I never dared to imagine.

So at the moment I’m reading and picked up Rachel Vincent’s PRIDE. I heard so many great things about her series and I’m happily enthralled in her world. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series. I also have a list of interviews and guest blogs I will be tackling this week.

What’s everyone else reading these days?

~kelly πŸ™‚

30 September 2008

"Official PM Announcement"

So I chatted about this just a day earlier!

As announced on Publisher’s Marketplace:

Kelly Parra’s GRAFFITI GIRL, a struggling young Latina artist looking for acceptance is torn between two Latino boys — one with a beautiful eye for detail and an upscale street address and the other who lives in her neighborhood and who uses the streets as his canvas, optioned to Lucy Mukerjee of After Dark Films, by Michael Cendejas at the Lynn Pleshette Agency, on behalf of Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency.

It’s pretty great. I’ll likely share how this all came about once I touch base with Lucy Mukerjee, but I must get ready for the Secret Fates Extravaganza tomorrow!!

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29 September 2008

"Good Things Come in Threes"

I’ve had some great Graffiti Girl news as of late but I’m always in the position of wondering if it is okay to share…how long should it be kept quiet…yada, yada, yada? I wish there was a rule book to this sort of stuff. For now I have to bug my agent to let me know. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Graffiti GirlHere are my latest 3 Great Graffiti Girl Goodies to share:

1) Graffiti Girl has been selected by the California Readers for the 2009 High School Reading Collection. GG on a recommended reading list–hooray!! Thank you, California Readers!! I think when you write for kids this is one of the great ways to reach out to young readers. I’m really honored to be added to the list.

2) Last week, the publicist for MTV Books sent an email that Graffiti Girl is being considered for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. Wow! I’m so excited! There is no official announcement for nominees but I’m very humbled to be considered for this wonderful award even if they do not choose GG as the recipient. Its just wows and humbles me to be considered.

Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomas Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.

3) And the last surprising and great news…I just accepted a film option deal for Graffiti Girl. *gulp* Yes, this is amazing news and I’m kind of nervous to share about it without the official announcement. haha. I’m not sure when the announcement will be made but I’m very honored and excited. I got the okay to chat about it on my blog and hope to share more when I can. This is not a guarantee GG will be made into something for the screen, but I never dreamed someone might believe it a possibility.

Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚