I know it’s been quiet on here for the past few months, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Development can be a long and winding road, and I’ve been reluctant to share details publicly, since everything is subject to change until we get the green light to enter production.
But today I do have some great news to share:
Hashtag Hamlet has been invited to this year’s Pixel Market, at the Power To The Pixel Cross-Media Market in London in the first week of October.
The Pixel Market, 8-9 October, isthe largest and most established finance market dedicated to getting cross-media projects off the ground, this is the ultimate program for anyone at the forefront of storytelling innovation. Selecting up to 32 producer-led cross-media projects, participants will uncover the latest in finance and distribution, ground-breaking content and network with the who’s who of the industry! All project teams will engage in a series of 1-2-1 bespoke business meetings with 100+ potential investors – all executive-level international decision-makers from across the media industry spectrum – film, publishing, TV, interactive, online, mobile, advertising, the arts and games.
I’ll be heading to London in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait.
We’ve just updated our website so you can sign up to reserve a copy of A Hero at the End of the World!
Our new page includes the full cover art and some illustrations from inside the book. We’ll be adding a chapter excerpt soon!
The wonderful Book Smugglers have just revealed the full cover art for A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne!
Check out their latest post for some exclusive info from the author, as well as a BOOK GIVEAWAY!
A Hero at the End of the World is a hilarious and gripping combination of YA fantasy adventure, queer romance, and political satire.
A riff on “Chosen One” narratives that evokes Harry Potter, the Percy Jackson series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this book will appeal to all readers of modern fantasy adventures.
In case you missed it, I posted my very first patron update, with lots of details about what I’m currently working on!
Don’t worry, you’re not late at all! :)
Our Kickstarter backers do get all of our books a few months early, but A Hero at the End of the World will be released to the public on November 11. You will be able to order it from Amazon and our website, in print paperback or ebook format.
Please share/reblog! We need your votes!
Vote for our panel! And a few others, too!
Every year, South BY Southwest (SXSW) brings tech companies, content providers, nonprofits and thousands of others to Austin, TX to talk about tech, content, privacy, interaction and so much more.
This year, FYC’s heidi8, along with flourish and wordplaying, have submitted a panel proposal on How Not to Irk Your Fandom. If it’s selected, they’ll be talking about interactions between fandoms and The Powers That Be - or Those Who Want To Control Fandom - where things have gone terribly wrong and where things have been reasonably right. They’ll also share some Best Practices for how to keep glitches to a minimum and develop positive fan/creator interactions. As a sociologist, a transmedia producer and an attorney, they bring three diverse perspectives to the discussion.
(And if you can reblog/share the link, we would really appreciate it!)
Other friends that have panels up for consideration:
Do a search on just the word “fan” to know why the panels on fan/producer relations are so, so important. Every other panel is on how to monetize fandom, seriously.
Time is running out to vote on panels up for consideration at South By Southwest 2015 - there are some terrific panels and sessions up for consideration linked above, and the crowdsourced votes impact what panels the SXSW programming team includes at the convention.
This is the last time we’ll ask for you to (a) vote using the links above and (b) share this post on tumblr, Twitter, FB, etc, so SXSW knows that people want to hear about topics that interest fans and fandoms that cover more than “how to market to and/or use your fans”.
Fandom is a vital part of so many of our lives - it’s one community and a thousand communities all at once, and it’s impactful, interesting and insightful. These panels should be a part of the dialogues and discussions at SXSW, and your vote can make that happen.
3. Andrew Slack of thehpalliance: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/37509
Can I take a minute to say how AWESOME it is to see an increasing fannish presence at SXSW year over year?
For a long time my professional and fannish identities were separate. One day I said screw that, this is who I am and it should be an asset, not something to hide. And now I couldn’t be more excited and proud to have people with actual fannish backgrounds getting out there and owning conversations around fandom.
Kirkus only awards a starred recommendation to a select few books, so it’s super encouraging for this to be Erin’s first review.
I am so so so proud of Erin and her amazing book. She deserves this. The book deserves this. And YA publishing deserves this — attention for a smart and funny title with diversity and representation.
Patron donations will be processed at the beginning of September, and then I’ll get started sending out my big monthly update, recipe, and postcards!
I’m going to be at DragonCon through September 1, so it might take me a couple of days, but rest assured I’ll get everything out to everyone as soon as possible.
And if you haven’t pledged yet, you have until the end of August to do so and receive September awards!
This pic is Lady Louise Gardener Hobbes! She’s definitely a cult leader and almost certainly wants to take over the world. The author’s ideal headcanon for her is Emma Thompson, who would obviously be GREAT casting for an aristocratic supervillain.
A Hero at the End of the World will be published on November 11, 2014 by Big Bang Press, a publisher which specializes in original fiction by talented authors from the fanfic community. Follow our Tumblr or Twitter pages for more info about our books, including pre-order details!
I gasped aloud when I first saw the color versions of Jade’s illustrations.
The characters are always dressed to a T, but it’s not the kind of often-unaccessible fashion you see in TV and film: Most of the (very) cute dresses, vintage-inspired blouse and skirt ensembles are from sources that are sure to be very familiar to the show’s young demographic — ModCloth, Lulu’s, and Darling.