NEW YORK — Rarely does the book trade witness an overnight success story as lightning-quick as that of David Schickler.
Two weeks ago, Schickler was an English teacher and drama director in Rochester, N.Y., largely unknown to the rest of the world.
Today, he has a mid-six-figure, two-book contract, a short story optioned by Scott Rudin Prods. for Paramount and a contract to write the script.
It all began when the New Yorker summer fiction issue featured Schickler’s tale, “The Smoker,” as one of four stories by new writers. Within a week, his agent Jennifer Carlson, of the Henry Dunow Agency, had sold “Kissing in Manhattan,” a collection of linked stories chronicling the goings-on at a mysterious ancient Manhattan apartment building, to the Dial Press.
Film interest followed shortly, and Rudin scooped up film rights to “The Smoker” this week. Schickler is attached to adapt the story, which depicts a teacher at a private girl’s high school who becomes a subject of infatuation by one of his students, has dinner with her parents and is asked to marry her.
CAA repped Schickler in the film deal.