Warner Brothers Picks Up Formerly Self-Published Novel

By Maryann Yin Comment

Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. According to Deadline New York, Green Lantern film producer Donald De Line has signed on to the project.

Self-published novelist Jamie McGuire sold her indie romance to Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint last month. The self-published edition topped the Self-Published Bestsellers List and sold more than 200,000 copies.

Here’s more from the Deadline article: “[The book stars] a young girl named Abby Abernathy tries to overcome a dark past by reinventing herself in college. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.”

Prior to landing a book deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint, McGuire self-published a young adult series called the Providence trilogy.