Scripted, My Young Adult Novel

My young adult novel, Scripted, will be coming out February 5, 2015.

Here is a modified description of what was in my contract.

Young adult book about a teen girl who starts to question her place on Bliss Island, where everyone’s lives are broadcasted to the mainland as a TV reality show.

Here is the latest jacket copy.

Reality TV has a deadly future in this thought-provoking thriller
To the people suffering on the war-torn mainland, Bliss Island seems like an idyllic place. And it is: except for the fact that the island is a set, and the islanders’ lives are a performance. They’re the stars of a hit TV show, Blissful Days—Characters are adored by mainland viewers, yet in constant danger of being cut if their ratings dip too low. And no one really knows what happens to cut Characters.

Nettie Starling knows she’s been given the chance of a lifetime when a producer offers suggestions to help her improve her mediocre ratings—especially when those suggestions involve making a move on the boy she’s been in love with for years. But she’ll soon have to decide how far she’s willing to go to keep the cameras fixed on her. . . especially when she learns what could happen to her if she doesn’t.

 

Scripted cover

Scripted cover

My editor is Arianne Lewin; she has a vision and makes it known, it’s impressive.

My publisher is Random Penguin, specifically G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

My agent is Michelle Andelman at Regal Literary.  Sometimes I think she reads my mind!

Scripted was optioned to WBTV.  From PublishersMarketplace, “Television rights
Maya Rock’s young adult novel SCRIPTED, about a girl living on a Truman Show-esque island, where no one knows what really happens to characters who are “cut” if their ratings are low, optioned to WBTV, by Brandy Rivers at ICM, on behalf of Michelle Andelman at Regal Literary.”

German rights to Scripted have been sold to Cbj, a division of Random House in Germany.

I’ve been writing Scripted (formerly known as After Bliss) for a long time, and yet today, of course, it seems like it went by in the blink of an eye.  You can read my blog posts about the writing, here.