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A Ninja’ deal with Crown Publishing could mark new trend
In what could be the first in a new trend for the book industry, video
podcast ‘Ask A Ninja’ landed a book deal with Crown Publishing
following an auction by literary agent Joe
Veltre of Artists Literary Group. Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols, the duo behind Ask A
Ninja, will write the book.
The book is
tentatively titled ‘The Ninja Handbook: A Guide for Non-Ninjas To
Become More Ninja-Like,’ United Talent Agency announced.
"This book will take people who are complete (non-Ninjas) and bring
them to Ninja-esque and finally to ‘Hey, is that a Ninja?’ It’s a
fantastical approach; no one will be able to complete all of the
requirements but it will help them along their path," said Ask A Ninja
co-creator Kent Nichols.
Since Ask A Ninja launched its first episode in November 2005, its
traffic has steadily grown to its current 1.5 million page views per
month with each episode viewed by more than 300,000 users. In January,
Ask A Ninja became a top-ranked Apple iTunes podcast with the launch of
and it receives an average 500 questions per day.
Many of Ask A Ninja’s past episodes are on Youtube,
and their book deal coincides with the announcement that Ask A Ninja
received the first annual YouTube Video Award for Best Series based on
Ask A Ninja co-creators Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols are also
partners in Beatbox Giant, where they write and produce 'Hope Is Emo,'
a controversial series that runs at YouTube.
Ask A Ninja is also represented by Chris
Day at UTA and manager John
Elliott at Mosiac Media.
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