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Wanted: Smart Pop Editorial and Marketing Interns for Spring Semester

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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 and …

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Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey (Or, Why We Wanted to Publish a Book About Fifty Shades)

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Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of GreyI admit to a few moments of trepidation when we first announced we were publishing a book about Fifty Shades of Grey.

Dexter, or the Hunger Games, or James Bond–sure, okay,” I imagined you guys saying, seeing the tweet or Facebook post or monthly newsletter. “Plenty to talk about there. Lots of deep and interesting thoughts. But really, Smart Pop, seriously–Fifty Shades of Grey?”

But here’s the thing about Fifty Shades of Grey: It’s more than just a book, at this point. Fifty Shades became a lightning rod for issues like feminism, sexuality (BDSM/alternative and otherwise), domestic violence–even, given the book’s fanfiction roots, issues of authorship and ownership.

Plus, you could practically taste the confusion and conflicted feelings of …

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Announcing Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World

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As you may have noticed, we’re pretty pro-fan here at Smart Pop. We have an incredible amount of appreciation and respect for the communities that grow up around television shows and book series, and that extends to the work fans do: fanart, fanvids, and–no matter how much “ruining the publishing industry!” press it’s gotten lately–fanfiction.

So we are very pleased to announce that, in late 2013, we’ll be publishing Anne Jamison’s Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World.

From the book page:

Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, everyone’s talking about fanfiction these days. But for a very, very long time, they weren’t; even people who wrote it didn’t talk about it. It may have been an “open secret,” but it was

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Smart Pop Writers at San Diego Comic-Con

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Here at Smart Pop, we’re about to depart for California, to get everything ready for Comic-Con later this week. As a final pre-convention gift, we wanted to leave you with a list of our panel highlights: panels featuring Smart Pop writers!

(You can also see a list of these, along with some other panels we’re particularly interested in, and all the details at our official Comic-Con MySchedule page.)

If we didn’t need to be at the booth, these are the places we’d be.



“Battlestar: So Say We All” — 10:30 am — 6BCF
Jane Espenson, Kevin Grazier, Richard Hatch

“Once More, with Comics” — 12 pm — 26AB
Jane Espenson

“The Dark Knight Rises: Is Batman Broken?” — 2:30 pm …

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012

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Headed to SDCC next month? Hey, us too!

Here’s where to find us at Comic-Con, what we’re up to, and what we’re giving away.

Jump to: Location, Free Stuff, Signings, Giveaways


Location, Location, Location (#4300)

This year, thanks of Friend of Smart Pop Jamie Chambers, we’ll be front and audience-left-of-center in the exhibit hall, at Booth #4300.

We’re excited about this for multiple reasons:

  1. The company (we’re sharing space with Jamie’s Signal Fire Studios and Dead Gentleman Productions)
  2. We’ll be only twenty feet from Starbucks
  3. We’ll be a lot easier for you to find!

We’re listed in two places in the exhibit hall guide, and you’ll still be able to pick up a sampler from our table …

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Ask Orson Scott Card a question about Ender’s Game!

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As you may already know, we’re publishing a collection of essays on Ender’s Game in February 2013, edited by Orson Scott Card. (You can find out more about the contents and sign up for news and updates at our book page.)

Alongside those essays, we’re putting together some Q&As with Orson Scott Card to add throughout the book. Why is the Battle Room a cube? Why did the military recruit their soldiers as children? How does the queen survive until Ender finds her?

Here’s your chance to get in on it: Card wants to give you the opportunity to ask him anything you’ve ever wondered about Ender’s Game!

Ask your question in the comments below.

We’ll publish as many answers as we can …

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Go Beyond the Wall with editor James Lowder

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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 2012”²s intro posts are here.

For Beyond the Wall, our latest anthology, on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons), we’ve asked the book’s editor, James Lowder, to write the intro post. Read his take on the book, and putting together anthologies in general, below! And don’t forget, you can sign up on the book page to get a free excerpt: Lowder’s introduction from the book itself, plus an additional

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Upcoming Hunger Games Symposium in Philadelphia

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Hunger Games Symposium 2012V. Arrow’s unofficial map of Panem puts Philadelphia in District 13 . . . which makes it a not inappropriate spot to hold some Hunger Games presentations, wouldn’t you say?

On May 17, The Center for Media and Destiny and The Center of Media and Information Literacy are co-sponsoring Hunger Games symposium “Are the Odds in Our Favor?: The Hunger Games on Fame, Fashion, and the Fate of Humanity.” The symposium will be held on the campus of Temple University, and admission is free. Get all the details here.

I’ll be there, giving a talk on the differences between the book and film, the film advertising, and the affect of both on where we readers/viewers stand in relationship to the Games, …

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More Fringe!

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Heard the good news? We’re getting 13 more episodes of Fringe!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of Fringe Science. Leave a comment on this post (say, with your favorite thing about season 4, or what you’re most looking forward to—spoiler free—about season 5) before midnight Central time on Sunday, April 29 to enter!

(And remember: If you haven’t yet, you can sign up for the book mailing list here—scroll down to where it says “Sign up for free chapters & book updates”—and get a free download of Kevin Grazier’s introduction and one of our favorite essays from the book.)

Happy Friday!…

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Smart Pop internships for summer 2012

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1) Will you be living in the Boston area this summer?

2) Are you looking for an unpaid part-time internship that will give you a great overview of book publishing (plus a legitimate excuse to watch more tv/read more sf and fantasy)?

We have the internship for you!

The Internship

We’re looking for two part-time editorial and marketing interns for this summer. Our interns will work directly with Heather and I on our current and upcoming Smart Pop titles (like Beyond the Wall, The Panem Companion, and Ender’s World) and gain experience in traditional editorial and marketing tasks as well as the fast-growing field of online marketing.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Putting together editorial feedback on manuscripts 
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Drafting back cover

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