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Bilge Rat - Pirate Adventurer: Black Tarantula Perfect Paperback – June 19, 2017
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THR's 5 Book Deals of the Week: YA Science Fiction, Pirates and Female Cops This week The Hollywood Reporter inaugurates a regular roundup of recent book deals that will catch the attention of consumers and Hollywood when they are published. Young Adult continues to be where the action is in the book market, especially YA science fiction and fantasy novels. Three of the week's most important deals fit into that category, including two novels about space travel and one about pirates. In particular, recent bestsellers like Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games and Pittacus Lore's I am Number Four have increased interest in YA science fiction. Bilge Rat by Kevin Charles Smith sold to Journey as part of three-book deal by Mark Miller at Mark B. Miller Management and George Brigandi at Brigandi & Associates. The story is cleverly described as "Mutiny on the Bounty meets Pirates of the Caribbean with an Oliver Twist." Smith is a former senior vice president of marketing at Kellogg's Cereals and this is his first book deal. Bilge Rat already has cover art and Smith and his team are fielding inquiries about the film rights. --The Hollywood Reporter 12/9/2011 by Andy Lewis
FINALIST: 2017 International Book Awards - Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction, Young Adult" category. --American Book Fest - IBA
About the Author
Kevin Charles Smith, the oldest of seven children, was born in Chicago and never outgrew his fascination with Disney s Peter Pan. As such, he has spent a lifetime exploring the timeless subject matter of pirates and the high seas in all manner of books, magazine articles and internet websites. His chosen profession took him to the peak of success with the nations top companies, beginning with Carnation (now Nestle) in 1973 and ending with the Kellogg Company. As this time passed and his inner-child matured, he was intrigued and captivated by Hollywood s swashbucklers (Errol Flynn, Burt Lancaster, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Tyrone Powers) who graced the silver screen with their daring, resourcefulness and electrifying exploits. Following an accomplished 35 year professional career, culminating as Senior Vice-President of Marketing Services at Kellogg s, Kevin set sail on his second passion to finally render the book that had been developing in his subconscious onto paper. Realizing there was a scant amount of information on the subject of pirates in general, he made a personal pledge to craft his very own fictional tale about pirates, genuinely capturing their unique way of life. As he was closing in on his third book in his new pirate series based on everything that he had been saving up in his mind, Kevin teamed up with an amazing editor, Ali Bothwell-Mancini. She graciously immersed herself into the project, as they conspired to craft and fine tune the Bilge Rat, Pirate Adventurer Series, which encompasses Book One: Remarkable Rascal and Book Two: The Black Tarantula. Kevin s creative career has served him well, as it has afforded him a strong understanding of the entertainment industry s workings. Over the years he has partnered with some of world s greatest performers, and has successfully tied in with numerous blockbuster movies. The Bilge Rat, Pirate Adventurer Series was created recognizing the vacuum that existed in entertainment overall. To satisfy this identified need, Kevin put together a strong team of marketing experts and literary professionals who helped fashion his dream into reality. Response to his debut work, Remarkable Rascal was astounding as Hollywood Reporter identified this book as a Top Five Deal within weeks of the first reader copy becoming available. With a keen sense of what readers of all ages appreciate and enjoy, he ventured to fill in the major gaps he found woefully missing in his intensive research of life on the high seas. At the same time, he endeavored to create an interesting and fanciful tale complete with intrigue, romance and suspense that is both timeless and ageless. Kevin never lost his sense of humor through this arduous creative process, nor his allegiance to the breakfast table. As his literary team laid out their marketing plans, one of the agents mentioned how well the tale would adapt for the sale of serial rights. Kevin s immediate response was, Cereal rights would be grrrrrrrrreat! . On a more serious side, Kevin has great concern for public education reform movements that seek to remove literature from classrooms in favor of limitations attached to "Common Core". He regularly visits middle and high schools together with public libraries in his quest to preserve this valuable and integral component of education our youth to become productive members of our society. Kevin remains wed to his high school sweetheart, Patricia. Together, they are the proud parents of Kari and Shannon, and even prouder grandparents of Rowan, Lia and Van. Kevin and Pat now reside on Marco Island in Florida, where Kevin can be closer to the sea.
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