Author Solutions Announces Thruline Entertainment’s Film Optioning of iUniverse Title “Gorging Out”

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Production Company Secures Exclusive Rights for Potential Production of Robert MacNeill’s Debut Novel

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Author Solutions, LLC, a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in supported self-publishing services, announced Monday that Hollywood-based production company Thruline Entertainment has secured a rights option for iUniverse title “Gorging Out.” The option grants Thruline a period of exclusivity during which it can acquire the title’s rights for the purposes of producing a feature film based on Robert MacNeill’s 2011 novel.

“‘Gorging Out’ is one of the most engaging and twisted thrillers that I’ve read in a long time,” commented Danny Sherman, producer with Thruline Entertainment. “On the face of it, the logline might seem like a challenge to most traditional publishers and might never have seen the light of day if Robert hadn’t self-published through Author Solutions. I’m just thrilled that I was able to discover it and now have the opportunity to bring it to life on the big screen.”

The plot of “Gorging Out” focuses on failed graduate student Roger Froehlich, who leaves his wife, son, and worldly possessions behind, to escape to his hometown and the only important person in his life—his aunt Alicia. Terminally ill, Alicia asks Roger to help reunite her with her estranged son, Fritz, who's suddenly disappeared. Despite his disdain for Fritz, Roger agrees to help his dying aunt and unwittingly finds himself dragged into the dark world of Fritz’s sexual perversion that leads to extortion, suicide, and murder.

“The novel is gripping and engaging; it drags the readers into the plot and doesn’t let go until the shocking conclusion,” MacNeill said. “It will stick with the reader for a long time.”

The optioning of “Gorging Out” represents the latest success for authors who are making connections with Hollywood through Author Solutions through its Book-to-Screen services including the Book-to-Screen Pitchfest events held throughout the year.

Limited slots remain for the next Book-to-Screen Pitchfest, scheduled for Sept. 26–27, 2014, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

For more information about Author Solutions and its supported self-publishing services, visit Follow @authorsolutions on Twitter, and “Like” us on for the latest self-publishing news.


About Author Solutions, LLC:
Author Solutions, LLC, is a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in providing supported self-publishing services. Author Solutions’s leading self-publishing imprints—AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris—have helped nearly 180,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 225,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, Author Solutions is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and to provide authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, Author Solutions’s global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore and India. For more information, please visit Follow @authorsolutions on Twitter and “Like” us on for the latest self-publishing news.


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