Update: Power To The Pixel


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.

 Here’s how they describe the Pixel Market

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.

Check out the full press release for more details.

Big Bang Press: Reserve a copy of A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD, by Erin Claiborne.


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!


Cover art and book giveaway for A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

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.


Patron-only update, September 2014

In case you missed it, I posted my very first patron update, with lots of details about what I’m currently working on! 

heather0330 asked: Hello! It seems like I'm late to the party :( I didn't know about all this till now- which is a shame. BUT I would still like to order the book when they're out. I am currently residing in South Korea, will I be able to order too? Is oversea shipping available?


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. 

We’ll be opening public pre-orders for A Hero at the End of the World soon, so if you want to keep up-to-date, I recommend following us on Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook.



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. 

You can also vote for flourish - along theorlandojones - who have a film panel proposal at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/42402 - you do have to register to vote, but it’s easy and they don’t spam. 

(And if you can reblog/share the link, we would really appreciate it!)

Other friends that have panels up for consideration: 

1. Andrew Slack of thehpalliance has an SXSWEDU panel on Super Heroes for Social Justice

2. bookshop, Alexandra Edwards, Yashoda Sampath and Amber Gordan have a proposal on fan/creator interactions from the fan and platform perspectives. 

3. jaybushman is part of a proposal on funding webserieses. 

4. Megan Westerby, Cory Lubovitch of the-real-team-starkid, Sarah Weichel and Rae Votta hope to present on the state of YouTube.

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. 

Vote for: 

1. heidi8, flourish & wordplaying: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/41418

2. flourish & therealorlandojoneshttp://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/42402

3. Andrew Slack of thehpalliance: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/37509

4. bookshop, nonmodernistYashoda Sampath & Amber Gordan: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/35543

5. blurintofocus, itsswike, coreylubo & meganwest: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/41459

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. 


A Hero at the End of the World has received a STARRED REVIEW on Kirkus! This is an incredible achievement for a debut novel, and we’re super proud of Erin for managing it.

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.

Quick Patreon Update!

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!


An illustration from YA fantasy satire A Hero at the End of the World, written by Erin Claiborne (eleveninches) and illustrated by Jade Liebes (hydrae).

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.

'Emma Approved' On YouTube Is Filled With Awesome Fashion And Jane Austen Sensibilities | Bustle

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.