Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member S.G. Wilson, whose debut MG novel Me Vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me releases on August 4th! The humorous action-adventure novel, the first in a series, will be published by Random House Children’s Books. It has already received a starred review from Booklist, and a screenplay adaptation has been optioned by Lionsgate Films.
When protagonist Meade Macon goes to Me Con, a gathering of his doubles from parallel Earths, the last thing he expects is to feel left out. After all, aren’t these “Mes” supposed to be just like him? As it turns out, his counterparts—more accomplished and all-around cooler than Meade—want nothing to do with an “average” Me like him. But when an evil-genius Me hatches a dastardly plan that imperils the multiverse and every Earth in it, only Meade and his rag-tag team of loser duplicates are willing to stop him.
The novel, with its menagerie of alternate Mes, is meant to make readers “laugh and gasp,” says S.G., but also “spark greater self-awareness in them too. Just as my main character has to accept all his multiverse counterparts, I’d love for readers to get more comfortable with embracing the many different sides of themselves and be brave enough to try and become whoever they want to be.”
Selling the novel took several rounds of submission, and at one point, when S.G. believed it would never sell, he started a podcast instead, called “This Week in the Multiverse.” This turned out to be so much fun, though, that’s he kept it up even after finding a publisher.