The View from the 600th Floor

Thanks to my wonderful readers yet again. Percy Jackson and the Olympians has now spent six hundred weeks on The New York Times children’s series bestseller list. That is a staggering eleven and a half years and change. It’s also the same floor number as Mount Olympus from the magical elevator in the Empire State Building. My heart overflows with gratitude to all the demigod readers who have shared this adventure with me over the years.

Also, Daughter of the Deep marks six weeks straight on the NYT middle grade bestseller list — not bad for the scrappy newcomer!

Above is the amazing Italian cover for Daughter of the Deep! Grazie a Mondadori e ai miei lettori Italiani! Siete i migliori!

Also on this subject, Daughter of the Deep just won the Goodreads Choice Award for Middle Grade Fiction. As always, I am so grateful and honored for the support of readers and for the work Goodreads does connecting readers to new books. However, I’ve asked the fine folks at Goodreads to please retire my name from consideration for this award in the future, as it’s not fair for me to take the attention from so many other wonderfully talented and deserving middle grade authors. If you have not read the other books nominated this year in the middle grade category, you really should. You will find some new favorites to vote for in the future, I am sure!

Finally, this seems like a good opportunity for a brief update on the PJO TV show. Everything is moving along. We are working on the same schedule as I previously shared concerning script-writing and pre-production, with the hope of securing a full green light early in the New Year. (Fingers still and perpetually crossed, of course.) You should not expect any major announcements of any kind until the first part of 2022, which is NOT to guarantee there will be any major announcements at that time. I will let you know when there is something I can let you know, I promise!

I can share this, however:

We have begun the casting process for the characters Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood, which means we have put out a call to talent agencies for actors to play these parts.

As with all casting choices, we will be following Disney’s company policy, which says:

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, gender, race and ethnicity, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

If you wish to submit a self-tape for consideration for the role of Annabeth Chase or Grover Underwood, you can do that.

Here is the link with all the information you need:

This is the only means through which unsolicited audition tapes will be considered.

Wishing all of you a happy and safe holiday season for those celebrating, and a wonderful end of the year!

Rick Riordan