Smart Pop Books — Spring 2011

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Introducing The Psychology of Twilight

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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. Fall 2011’s intro posts are here.

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There are a lot of people who are tired of hearing about Twilight. The feedback our sales folks got from a lot of independent bookstores when they were trying to sell in the book was that vampires aren’t really selling anymore– that, even with two Twilight films to go, the Twilight craze, too, had died down. It’s a totally fair point; neither vampires nor Twilight are the hot new thing anymore. But we don’t think that means they’re dead (or even undead) …

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The science and science fiction of Fringe: Fringe Science

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Last season, we did an official introduction post for our Fall 2010 books. This season, we’re trying something new: officially announcing our Spring 2011 titles individually, each in their own post. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here.

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Our books get started in different ways. Sometimes we have an idea: What if we get a lot of science fiction and fantasy writers together and have them write essays about Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (Though this was a few months before I started at BenBella, I’m told this is pretty much how Seven Seasons of Buffy came about.) Sometimes an agent brings us an idea, and an author ready to write it (see: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook). …

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Smart Pop at Comic-Con

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Though our parent publisher BenBella has exhibited at Comic-Con before, this will be Smart Pop’s first year with a booth–and we’re jumping in feet (or is that spines?) first. Jennifer, Heather, and I will be in San Diego for four days (plus preview night!) packed with signings and giveaways for our 2011 titles. You’ll find us at B-4, in the back right corner of the exhibit hall.

You can download our official Comic-Con press release here but we wanted to take some time here to give you guys a sneak peek–not just of the high-profile highlights, but also the various extras that didn’t make the press release . . . plus the opportunities we’ll be making available for those of you following the con …

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A Friday Night Lights Companion

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Last season, we did an official introduction post for our Fall 2010 books. This season, we’re trying something new: officially announcing our Spring 2011 titles individually, each in their own post. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here.

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This book was (sad to say) not my idea.

This book was the idea of our marketing manager, Jennifer, who has championed Friday Night Lights to those of us in-office for years–as much, I suspect, to have someone to discuss episodes with as to get an anthology greenlit. “You have to watch it,” she’d insist. Repeatedly. “It’s the best show on television.”

I’ve loved a lot of shows, but I’ve never been moved to call any of them “the best.” …

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Excerpt: Nyx in the House of Night, edited by P.C. Cast

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The House of Night is no ordinary school–and not just because it’s for vampyres. It’s a place where magic, religion, folklore, and mythology from multiple traditions merry meet and meld to create something incredible and new. In Nyx in the House of Night, some of your favorite YA authors, plus a few experts, help you navigate the influences behind the House of Night series in a guide that would get even Damien’s seal of approval.

Travel with P.C. Cast as she gets her first tattoo in Ireland, climbs the ruins of Sgiach’s castle, and discovers the lore that led to the Isle of Skye vampyres. Read Kristin Cast’s defense of women in history …

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Smart Pop at BEA

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Look for it to be a little quieter around our site next week. Jennifer and I will both be at BEA–BookExpo America–“the largest publishing event in North America”: a yearly gathering at which book publishers tell the rest of the world (via media, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, other publishers, etc.) what books they have coming up that they’re excited about. (You can follow attendees on Twitter by watching the #bookexpo and #bea11 tags–the former is the official tag, but we’ve seen a lot of the latter being used, too.)

For those of you attending–and/or those of you attending Book Blogger Con on Friday–we wanted to, like last year, give you a quick rundown of Smart Pop at BEA. We’ve got a lot …

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Nyx in the House of Night: An anthology on P.C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series

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Last season, we did an official introduction post for our Fall 2010 books. This season, we’re trying something new: officially announcing our Spring 2011 titles individually, each in their own post. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here.

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Almost three years ago, I went to a book signing for P.C. and Kristin Cast just north of Dallas. P.C. had recently been our editor on Immortal, a collection of fabulous vampire short stories we released originally for Borders; Kristin had contributed a story. And I was excited to meet them in person–not to mention pick up a copy of the latest House of Night book (Untamed, if I recall correctly).

It was a great event; the store …

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The Girl Who Was on Fire: Our Hunger Games anthology

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Last season, we did an official introduction post for our Fall 2010 books. This season, over the next few weeks, we’re trying something new: officially announcing our Spring 2011 titles individually, each in their own post. This is the first one, but if you miss any later, you can check them all out here.

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In some ways, editing an anthology is a lot like throwing a party: you send out a lot of invitations and hope a lot of smart, funny people show up and talk about interesting things. And sometimes, you get lucky, and the party goes really well. Everything seems to gel.

That’s how I feel about The Girl Who Was on Fire, our anthology of YA authors on the …

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