So far fifty of you have submitted cover designs for my new novel slash social media project, Sweet by Design. Above are six recent ones in no particular order. All fifty are remarkable. I could not have imagined so many enchanting options for the cover of my novel. My appreciation for your creative efforts is only matched by my gratitude. Thank you.

Currently we are on Chapter Seventeen of the story. I believe about thirty chapters remain. When they have all been posted the contest will enter its final phase. A winner will be chosen and that designer will receive an Ipad. Second place gets an Ipod Shuffle. While only one design will become the cover for Sweet by Design, I’ll likely publish all of them as part of the book. For they have become part of the story –a really good part.

My only challenge –if that’s the right word- is that I’ve yet to find a “celebrity” judge to help me choose the cover. Right now the criteria for picking a winning design remains up to you and me. Your comments to the blog and via email will be weighted accordingly and, in turn, I will choose a few of my own personal favorites. From this shortlist a winner will be determined. How fun, though, at this point to have a renowned member of the literary or design community serving as judge.

To that end I’ve asked the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, Julia Keller to participate. Among other honors, in 2005, Mrs. Keller won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Her participation would truly be an honor.

Julia Keller

Alas, my query to this local luminary went unheeded. Perhaps my request landed atop her slush pile along with assorted press releases, manuscripts and promotional materials. That or my email got lost in her spam folder. More likely, I do not possess the necessary gravitas to merit a reply.

But it’s not too late, Julia! If by chance you come across this blog please do consider (or reconsider) my humble request. If it’s any incentive, I receive the Chicago Tribune every morning -the actual paper version! And I look forward to your reviews and stories. Shouldn’t that count for something? If not you, perhaps one of your editors would welcome the gig. I’d be grateful if you forwarded them this link.

Frankly, I’m not worried about finding a cool judge. It wouldn’t surprise me if this very blog post helps me procure one or two. If anyone reading has ideas or wants to help round out the jury, please contact me. Meantime, keep reading the novel and keep submitting your designs. At 50 to 1, the odds are ridiculously low for winning an Ipad.

Take me, I’m yours!

The Last Generation

October 23, 2007


My first novel, published 2003.
Optioned by Touchstone TV 2005
You tube: The Last Generation Postaer

NBC eyeing Postaer’s ‘Last Generation’

Speaking of TV (as if we speak of much else), Euro RSCG Chicago creative head Steffan Postaer may have a second career ahead of him. Word is that renowned producer Mike Medavoy, co-founder of Orion Pictures and former chairman of Tri-Star Pictures, has optioned Postaer’s self-published novel, The Last Generation, as a pilot for NBC.

Given the slate of supernatural-heavy new programming coming next year, this story, about a future in which humans can no longer reproduce (“It’s not the end of the world. Just the end of us”), might just have a chance.

—Posted by Aaron Baar


The fall guys
Nets get busy stocking future slates
This article was updated at 11:21 p.m.
Even before the 2005-06 season gets under way next month, the Big Six are already shaking off their summer doldrums and getting to work setting up a slew of potential series for the 2006-07 season.
NBC is eyeing a pair of projects from Sarah Timberman’s 25 C Prods. and has already made a major put pilot commitment to a serialized kidnapping drama from scribe Jason Smilovic and helmer Michael Dinner.
And Fox appears to have won a tussle with ABC over a comedy project exec produced by “Elf” helmer Jon Favreau.
Meanwhile, Mike Medavoy is eyeing his first foray into network television, closing in on a script deal for the provocatively titled “The Last Generation” at NBC. Touchstone Television is attached to produce the project, which examines a culture in which humans can no longer reproduce.
On the studio side, Imagine Television has pacted with scribes Patrick Massett and John Zinman (“Veritas”) to develop the medical drama “Bethesda,” set at the famed naval hospital.
Peacock stepped up to land the Smilovic project, which was hotly pursued by Fox. Skein will tell the story of a kidnapping over the course of an entire season a la “24.” Smilovic (“Karen Sisco”) will write and exec produce, with Dinner (“Invasion”) on board to exec produce and possibly direct.
Timberman and partner Carl Beverly will also exec produce via Timberman’s Sony-based 25 C shingle.
“It could be a really big spectacle with twists and turns and some real compelling character work,” said NBC exec VP Ghen Maynard.
Timberman’s 25 C is also said to be in talks with NBC to set up a project from feature scribe-helmer Richard LaGravanese (“Living Out Loud”) and Marie Weiss (“The Ref”); details of project were sketchy late Thursday and a final deal is said to be a few days away.
Maynard and NBC declined comment on the LaGravanese deal.
Over at Fox, net competed with ABC and won the rights to the Favreau laffer. Half-hour will be penned and possibly directed by Favreau, who may take on a writing partner for the project.
Faison Love, who starred in Favreau’s “Elf,” is set to star in the untitled laffer, which will revolve around a Gotham token collector in the newly gentrified Harlem.
“Jon’s looking to do a true social commentary where he can explore issues of race and class in a way that isn’t being done in narrative television right now,” said Fox comedy chief Jeremy Gold.
Favreau and Gold worked together last when the helmer directed Judd Apatow’s “Life on Parole,” a pilot developed with Gold at 20th.
Net has made a script commitment with a small penalty attached if the project doesn’t go to pilot. Talks are under way to have 20th Century Fox TV produce.
Meanwhile, Medavoy’s “The Last Generation” reps the producer’s first big push into series television, though the former exec said he prefers to think of it as “putting my toe into TV.”
Based on the book of the same name by Steffan Postaer, “Last Generation” will be written for TV by Mikko Alanne and produced for the Peacock by Touchstone. Negotiations for the book rights are ongoing, and the deal at NBC is not yet set.
Medavoy and Brad Fischer of Phoenix Pictures are expected to exec produce.
Fischer said “Generation” would be set in the not-too-distant future. “We want it to be very much connected to reality,” he explained.
Medavoy said he’s “been thinking of doing television for a long time” and may eventually mull the idea of setting up a first-look or development deal at a studio.
“It’s the same creative medium (as film), and I hope to do something that’s fairly bold and different from what you see all the time,” he said.
As for the Massett/Ziman project, duo are looking to create a sort of “MASH” on the home front, exploring the lives of doctors as they deal with fallout from political and military actions.
Imagine is expected to begin shopping the idea to nets in the next few weeks.
Scribes — who wrote the first draft for “Lara Craft: Tomb Raider” — have also pacted with Mission Pictures to write the feature “Best Before,” about a world in which people know the exact date they’ll die. Concept’s based loosely on radio play “The Uncertainty Principle,” by Marcy Kahan; Andrew Hauptman and Tracy Falco are set to produce for Mission.
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UPDATE: When Children of Men came out NBC bagged on the pilot. I press on. View the funky newspaper ad I wrote & posted. I’m still selling books…