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Future House Publishing: A Young Press Off to a Bright Start

Wednesday, January 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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By Anisse Gross (for Publishers Weekly) --

After only two years of publishing, Utah’s Future House Publishing has seen a fair amount of success. Its book Marrow by Preston Norton not only hit the #1 bestseller spot on Amazon in the Teen and Young Adult Superhero Fiction category, but also won this year’s Utah Book Award in the YA category. Two additional Future House titles – Storms and Caretaker – were finalists in the same category.

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Future House was founded by Adam Sidwell after his book Evertaster was shopped around with no success. Sidwell had worked as an animator on Hollywood films for over a decade but decided to return to his love of writing. Evertaster, a middle-grade novel about a boy in search of the most delicious thing in the world (“Indiana Jones meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) was shopped around by his agent, Alyssa Henkin at Trident Media Group. Despite interest from several publishers, nothing came together. So Henkin recommended he self-publish. Sidwell took the leap, saying, “After years of working on it you just want to see your work out there.” Evertaster, the first in the Evertaster series, debuted on Amazon as #1 bestseller in “Children’s Mystery, Detective, & Spy” on its first day of release and #51 overall in print, giving it a top 100 bestseller status on the site. The series has sold nearly 40,000 print copies, is in its fourth printing, and Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game, has purchased the movie rights. Sidwell attributes the unusual right-out-of-the-gate success to two factors: he launched an ambitious social media campaign before every other self-published author was doing it, and he had an attention-grabbing cover by Goro Fujita, a well-known artist from the film world.

Sidwell continued publishing his own books and touring, where he encountered other aspiring authors looking to get published. They asked him so many questions that he saw an opportunity to become a publisher, because his own experience in self-publishing had exposed him to the ins and outs of the process. In 2014, he formally organized Future House Publishing and opened the doors to new authors....

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