Upstart Independent Publisher, Rebel Press, Acquires New Megalodon Novel

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Rebel Press (http://www.RebelPress.com), a division of Next Century Publishing located in Las Vegas, Nevada, has optioned NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten’s just-completed MEG novel: MEG: Nightstalkers.

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The deal makes sense on several levels. VOSTOK is a crossover novel to the MEG series and serves as a prequel to MEG: Nightstalkers, and Rebel has the flexibility to release the book in stores as early as Summer.

The fifth book in the best-selling MEG series picks up where MEG: Hell’s Aquarium (Tor/Forge 2009) left off and weaves together several intense hunts that involve three of the all-time fiercest sea monsters in history: Liopleurodon ferox – largest of the pliosaurs, Livyatan melvillei, a newly-discovered prehistoric species of sperm whale, and the star of the series, Carcharodon megalodon, the 70-foot, 70,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark.

MEG: Nightstalkers is Rebel Press’s second acquisition of an Alten novel. VOSTOK, the sequel to Alten’s popular thriller, The LOCH debuts in hardback in February. Says Alten, “The deal makes sense on several levels. VOSTOK is a crossover novel to the MEG series and serves as a prequel to MEG: Nightstalkers, and Rebel has the flexibility to release the book in stores as early as this summer.” MEG: Nightstalkers will be scheduled for release in mid-2015. VOSTOK will be released at the Reader's Legacy Choice Awards writer's conference as seen at http://readerslegacychoiceawards.com/, where Alten will be holding a seminar to share insight into how he has earned millions of dollars and produced several New York Times bestsellers as a fiction novelist.

Bantam Doubleday published MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror back in 1997. The book was an international best-seller and was optioned to more than twenty-five countries. Apelles Publishing, a division of Apelles Entertainment, which owns theatrical rights to the series, later acquired the domestic rights to the original novel, signing them over to Alten Entertainment in exchange for publishing rights for the entire MEG franchise in China.

Alten has spent the last several months revising the original MEG novel, combining it with the ebook prequel, MEG: Origins. Says Alten, “I wanted to do something special for my loyal MEGheads. Combining the ORIGINS novella with the original MEG book and including artwork commissioned over the last seventeen years makes for an entirely different reading experience. Ken Dunn (Rebel’s CEO) and I are discussing releasing this new version of MEG as a commemorative hardback in early 2015.”

Rebel’s acquisition of MEG: Nightstalkers comes as rumors about an upcoming MEG movie announcement are swirling in Hollywood, something the author could neither confirm nor deny. Alten is currently promoting his fall releases SHARKMAN (Taylor Trade) and DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE, a comedy written under the pen name L.A. Knight.

About Steve Alten:
Steve Alten is a Philadelphia native and graduate of Penn state University, the University of Delaware and Temple University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. His first novel, MEG; A Novel of Deep Terror, was published by Bantam Doubleday and went on to become the 1996 Frankfurt Book Fair Book of the Year and to sell in more than 20 countries. Since then, Steve has written dozens of other novels including VOSTOK and sequels in his MEG series. He is also a sponsor of Adopt-An-Author, http://www.adoptanauthor.com/, a free nationwide non-profit program designed to interest young adults in reading and writing through exciting fiction and contact with the authors. For more information, see http://stevealten.com/.

About Rebel Press:
Rebel Press is an independent publishing company that focuses only on fiction genres and reviews and responds to every submission. Additionally, Rebel Press authors enjoy much higher net royalties on their works than those with traditional publishing houses. For more information, see http://rebelpress.com/.

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