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.