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BIG discount on Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World

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Get Fic for only $3.99!For a very limited time, we’ve put the e-book of Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World on sale for only $3.99 US. And not just for US readers!

Fic‘s also heavily discounted at:

What people are saying about Fic:

“An indispensable guide to the dizzying world of fanfiction—its history, names, games, and creative promise. With . . . provocative interviews with writers, lively essays by readers and activists, and engaging examples from the kingdoms of fandom.” —Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English and American Literature, Princeton University

“This definitive volume offers a rich immersion into fanfiction and is for anyone …

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The Art (and text) of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse

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The Art of Eating through the Zombie ApocalypseComing this fall from Smart Pop, just in time for Halloween (and the next season of The Walking Dead): The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by chef and zombie nerd Lauren Wilson, with illustrations by Kristian Bauthus.

Maybe you’re thinking: How many recipes for braaaaaaains can there really be? And why would I want them?

But The Art of Eating is a guide for those of us not yet infected and struggling to survive—it’s 300+ full-color, illustrated pages of recipes, survival tips, and more to help you eat well even after the zpoc. Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

Learn the best order in which to clean out …

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A Little More Information on Divergent Thinking

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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.

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Divergent Thinking“The Divergent trilogy provides a wealth of ideas for readers to respond to. Divergent Thinking collects the responses of more than a dozen of those readers, all of whom also happen to be YA writers themselves. Each came to Tris’ story with his or her own influences and experiences, and each came away with—and shares here—something different . . .

For me, reading about what this particular set of readers saw in the trilogy made my experience of the books significantly richer. It made me a little more aware

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Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World – now available!

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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 2013”²s intro posts are here.

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FicWhen Anne Jamison’s book proposal for Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World showed up in my inbox, it wasn’t the first time we’d thought about publishing a book on fanfiction. It wasn’t the first fanfiction book proposal we’d considered. It was just the first one it made sense to us to publish.

One reason is that nebulous thing, the marketing climate. The word “fanfiction”–thanks in part to, yes, Fifty Shades of Grey, but not Fifty Shades alone–is …

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A Guide to the New York of HBO’s Girls

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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 2013’s intro posts are here.

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Something about starting a new book or tv show always reminds me of visiting a city for the first time. There’s a landscape to explore. Pacing to settle into. People to meet and little details to take in. The most satisfying stories are usually ones where the setting feels alive, like it could really exist.

Sometimes, of course, that’s because it does–because the story takes place in a city like New York, or Chicago, or Paris, that exist in the …

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Dragonwriter, a tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern

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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”²s intro posts are here.

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DragonwriterToday is the official pub date for Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, edited by Todd McCaffrey.

There’s something different about working on a tribute volume, compared to our usual anthologies.  All of our books are, in some ways, about passion–about fictions that impact the real world, that make us think and feel, that become frameworks in which we re-examine our own lives. But a tribute volume comes with another layer of responsibility–to do the work and …

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New Smart Pop books to look forward to, July to December 2013

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I know I say this every year, but I mean it, sincerely, every time: the books we have coming are the smartest, best, most gratifying bunch of books we’ve had yet.

July 2013

Demigods and Monsters - Expanded EditionDemigods and Monsters – Expanded Edition: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Edited by Rick Riordan

It might be a little easy to miss, with all the other films-based-on-YA-books excitement going on this year (Hunger Games! Mortal Instruments! Ender’s Game!), but the second Percy Jackson film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, is out in theaters August 7. (With Nathan Fillion! Stanley Tucci! Anthony Stewart Head! Sean Bean! Not to mention a pretty awesome looking movie poster. We’re pretty excited, is what we’re

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See V. Arrow online at Victory Tour 2013

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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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Doing our part to put the Veronica Mars movie in space

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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

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Behind the Scenes of Shadowhunters and Downworlders

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Shadowhunters and DownworldersNext 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 …

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