EXCLUSIVE: As Glee winds down, Chris Colfer is creating more opportunities for himself by going deeper into the Land Of Stories. The Golden Globe-winning actor and NY Times bestselling author has inked a new five-book deal with publisher Little, Brown to expand the popular children’s fiction franchise he launched with 2012’s The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
That title exploded onto the bestseller list and spawned three sequels, with the fourth Land Of Stories title set to hit shelves next year. Colfer’s new pact includes the fifth and final book in the Land Of Stories series and a boxed set with new companion volumes Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty and The Mother Goose Diaries, to be released in fall 2015. Colfer is also penning a pair of spin-off picture books inspired by Land lore and aimed at younger readers: The Curvy Tree, illustrated by Brandon Dorman for release next fall, and a second original picture book in 2016 highlighting the character Trollbella.
Colfer’s also plotting a new untitled YA novel for teens following the success of his first tome, Struck By Lightning, which was adapted into a feature film that he wrote and starred in. Tribeca Films released the indie drama in 2013. This new coming-of-age novel alights on a young television actor, who is joined by fans on a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip. Smart move: That set-up is obviously primed to be another starring vehicle for the 24-year-old actor, who rounds out his run on Fox’s hit show Glee this year as the series concludes in its sixth and final season.
Colfer first revealed the upcoming slate of titles to his 2.49 million followers on Twitter. Meanwhile, his as-yet untitled fourth book in the Land Of Stories series is heading for shelves on July 7, 2015.
The deal was brokered by Rob Weisbach of Rob Weisbach Creative Management with Little, Brown’s Andrew Smith and Alvina Ling, who will edit the new titles. Colfer is repped by Inphenate, Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Coast to Coast, and ICM Partners.