Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wyatt-MacKenzie Books Were Props in a Movie!

In February of 2014 I received an email: 

"I am an Associate Producer writing in hopes of acquiring the rights to use your books as props in our feature film." 

I was beyond excited. I packed up the titles she requested and raced to the post office to send them to Hollywoooooood! (Yes, I was singing all the way.) Then we waited.

In January of 2015 we learned that the movie, "Stockholm, Pennsylvania," had premiered at Sundance (and won big) and Lifetime acquired the rights. 

On May 9, it aired! We had absolutely no way of knowing if any of our books were included, or if they'd be remotely visible. I tried to have low expectations.

To my squealing surprise, first we saw Cynthia Nixon (one of my favorites!) reach into a package and pull out a pile of books with Wyatt-MacKenzie's CALL ME OKAASAN by Suzanne Kamata, our author in Japan, proudly displayed on top. Oh my God!

Later in the film, our book SOUL TO SOUL PARENTING by Annie Burnside, our author in Chicago who is frequently asked to sit in the front row of Oprah's Lifeclass filming, appeared on the top of another pile of books. And, below it, barely visible, was the spine of UNTHINKABLE. Wowweee!

So, I say, our books are MOVIE STARS! Congrats my little darlings. . .for being on a movie set, for making the cut, for being held in Sex and the City hands.


Did you know that every book you see in a movie requires permission from the publisher? And, sometimes the publisher is paid a licensing fee if the book is higher visibility than the movie.

I'm not sure how the producers narrowed it down to ask for Wyatt-MacKenzie books in particular, and I have no idea how our books managed to make it on the TOP of both piles, but I am thrilled at the small bigness of it all.

Even though one of our books hasn't been made into a movie — YET! — three of our books were in a movie, and that's pretty cool. A step in the right direction for sure.