We all know the internet’s been a boon to fan communities—social media (and before that, message boards and listservs) have made it unbelievably easy to find other people who like what you like and want to spend time talking about it. These days, online is pretty much where being a fan happens.
It’s only logical that conventions would eventually start happening online too, right?
Enter Victory Tour 2013, an online convention on a few of our favorite dystopic YA series: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, Matched. It’s this weekend, June 22-23, and registration‘s still open—just $10 to sit in on sessions with:
- Delirium author, Lauren Oliver
- Matched author, Ally Condie
- Our own V. Arrow, author of The Panem Companion
- Mark Oshiro
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Looking for some summer reading? How about revisiting Christian Grey and Ana Steele, the characters people can’t stop talking about? Lucky for you, we’ve dropped the e-book price for Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey to just 99 cents for a very limited time.
In case you need a refresher:
In Fifty Writers, Lori Perkins has collected some of the most interesting, provocative thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey—good and bad—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals, all weighing in on the series.
- Fifty Shades as Erotic Fiction: Erotic romance writer Sylvia Day speaks to the new opportunities the Fifty Shades trilogy has opened up for writers (and readers!) of erotica
- Fifty Shades as
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Each season we announce our new titles individually, each in their own post, to give you a little extra background behind the book. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here. All of Spring 2013′s intro posts are here.
Some worlds are larger than their creators.
Middle Earth is probably the classic example; the world Tolkien brought to life in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit carries on though Tolkien himself does not. On the necessarily finite details of the framework he provided has been hung years of thought and study, decades of imagining. Books, films. Millions of readers’ dreams.
Star Wars (despite episodes 1 through 3) is a more recent one of these. So is Harry Potter. …
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We’re, um, really excited about the Veronica Mars movie getting fully funded on Kickstarter. Like, really excited.
To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 paperback copies of our Veronica Mars anthology Neptune Noir, with terrific introduction from Rob Thomas on how Veronica Mars saved his soul (direct quote!).
To enter, just leave us a comment on this post—say, with your favorite Veronica Mars quote—by midnight Central time this Sunday. (Book giveaway ended! But read on.)
But we also wanted to do a little bit more. And so, starting today, until the end of this month, we’ll contribute 25% of the price for every e-book copy of Neptune Noir sold to the Veronica Mars movie cause.
For Amazon for Kindle and B&N for Nook, where …
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Teddy bears are cliché, roses die, and too many chocolates? That’s how you spend Valentine’s Day with an upset stomach (hardly conducive for a romantic evening). We’ve got the perfect present for you, though, readers: food for thought.
During the week of Valentine’s Day—February 11–15—our daily essays will be all about sex and love. When you’re a romantic at heart or a jaded curmudgeon or something in between, we’ve got an essay to match your mood. Scroll down to see what’s in store.
Happy reading, and happy Valentine’s! We hope your day is great.
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Next Tuesday is the official pub date for Shadowhunters and Downworlders, our anthology of YA authors talking about Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. (Though you can already get a print copy, or pre-order the e-book, online. Or order the audio book!) And while usually this pre-publication book “introduction” feature gives a little extra behind-the-scenes info on the content of our books, I wanted to break from tradition here and talk a little about the design—in particular, the cover.
The cover art is gorgeous, of course; it’s the work of Cliff Nielsen, the man responsible for a lot of my favorite YA covers the last few years (including the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices covers). But I also love what Cliff did …
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Are you a well-organized, detail-oriented, self-directed college junior/senior or graduate student in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area who is passionate about books and interested in learning about the publishing industry? Do you love YA literature, television, science fiction and fantasy, gaming, and/or film? Are you currently looking for a spring semester internship?
Look no further!
Internship Job Description
Intern will work directly with the Editor-in-Chief and Marketing Coordinator for Smart Pop Books, the pop culture imprint of BenBella Books. Forthcoming 2013 titles include an anthology on Ender’s Game edited by Orson Scott Card and a book on the history and future of fanfiction. Past titles include The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook and Finding Serenity (on Joss Whedon’s Firefly).
Intern will provide support for www.smartpopbooks.com and …
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Each season we announce our new titles individually, each in their own post, to give you a little extra background behind the book. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here. All of Fall 2012′s intro posts are here.
For The Panem Companion, our latest companion book, on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy (from Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays), we’ve asked the book’s author, V. Arrow, to write the intro post. Read her thoughts on writing The Panem Companion below! And don’t forget, you can sign up on the book page to get a free excerpt.
If I had known that staying up until 3 a.m. with a carton of ice cream to talk to my …
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Join V. Arrow as she travels the 13 districts for The Panem Companion Victory Tour!
We didn’t have to fight to the death to publish The Panem Companion, but we still think its impending December 4 release is something to celebrate.
Over the course of the next 13 days—from November 26 to December 12—author V. Arrow will be traveling to 13 “districts” (which some of you may know better as top-notch Hunger Games fansites and book blogs) to share the excitement. Each district will be giving away a copy of The Panem Companion, and will feature an exclusive excerpt from the book! Some of them will also be interviewing V., and hosting other fun activities.
Luckily, following us on the tour doesn’t …
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As geeks with discerning taste ourselves, we know they can be hard to shop for.
Whether you’re buying gifts for a Potterhead, Whedonite, Twi-hard, or Trekkie–or something that’s too geeky to name–we’ve got the perfect pick.
» Continue Reading “2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Assorted Geekery”