A couple years ago, I wrote about Big Bang Press, an indie publishing press operated by members of fandom that was dedicated to publishing original stories by other fanfic authors. The Kickstarter was successfully backed, and its first book, A Hero at the End of the World, had a couple problems but was extremely entertaining all the same. Now Big Bang Press is back with the last two books of its inaugural three. I got early copies of Savage Creatures and Juniper Lane as a Kickstarter backer and found them to be just as diverse as A Hero at the End of the World—and they do a better job with incorporating female characters, as well. However, they aren’t entirely slam-dunks.
Around this time last year, I brought you a web crush and a link to a Kickstarter for Big Bang Press. Now, just to recap, Big Bang Press is an independent publishing company that dedicates itself to guiding fanfic authors into the wider world of publishing, while also making books that fandom would be proud of; that is to say, books that have diverse characters and relationships. I donated some money to the Kickstarter and, as a result, the first book, A Hero at the End of the World, arrived in my mailbox this past weekend. Should you get the book when it’s publicly released on the 11th? And how well did Big Bang Press serve as a press that’s explicitly dedicated to connecting fandom writers and the larger publishing world?
Fanfiction seems to get a pretty bad rap, especially amongst the mainstream publishing community. Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey and, well, Fifty Shades of Grey, most people now think of fanfic as some sort of really terrible internet porn. Those of you who read fanfic, though, know differently. There are so many fics out there that have great plot, great characters and characterizations, and yes, great sex scenes, they just make you wonder “why hasn’t this author been published yet?!” Today’s Web Crush is working on answering that question.