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Jonny Sun — known as a humorist, Twitter celebrity, illustrator and author, among other things — has signed a three-book deal with Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. And he’s already worked out the subjects of said tomes.
His first book under the deal, which does not yet have a title, will be “a collection of humorous essays on solitude, quietness and trying to find happiness wherever you can, even if it’s in the smallest pieces,” according to his team. The second book will be a sequel to Everyone’s a Aliebn When ur a Aliebn Too and will follow the continued adventures of the little alien, “jomny,” reflecting on the passage of time and the meaning of home.
The third will be based on Sun’s Twitter account @tinycarebot and will feature the brand’s beloved short, actionable tips and reminders for “tiny” self-care that can be done from anywhere and are intended to provide little breaks that can lead toward building healthier habits. For example, on Thursday, he tweeted such reminders as “take a quick moment to look at nature please,” “remember to moisturize,” “please check your posture,” “take some deep breaths” and “don’t forget to text back your friends.”
Eric Meyers, associate editor for HarperCollins Publishers, negotiated the deal on behalf of the publishing house. As mentioned above, Sun’s freshly inked deal follows his debut with the publisher on Everyone’s a Aliebn When ur a Aliebn Too. That book is the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, where he meets creatures with all varying perspectives on life, love and happiness, inspired by his breakout Twitter account. Among its distinctions are Amazon’s list of Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2017 and being named finalist at the 2017 GoodReads Choice Awards.
But the book deal is not the only good news Sun has to celebrate this fall. On Oct. 16, Penguin Random House publishes the anticipated “Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and illustrated by Sun.
Sun, whose full name is Jonathan Sun, is repped by 3 Arts, CAA and Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. In addition to all of the above creative offerings, according to his official bio, Sun “is an interdisciplinary researcher, designer, engineer, artist, comedian, author and playwright. He is a doctoral student at MIT, an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, where he studies social media, AI and online community.”
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