Posts Tagged ‘Wonder Woman Unbound’

Come See Me at Hal-Con This Weekend, September 22-24!

September 20, 2017

halcon

The biggest comics/sci-fi/general nerdery convention in my hometown is this weekend, September 22-24, and I am honoured to be a guest this year! Hal-Con is a great show held in downtown Halifax, and they’ve got a very cool lineup of guests, panels, and activities this year. The convention organizers always go all out to try to provide a cool experience for attendees, and they’ve done another excellent job this time around! I’m so excited to be a part of it.

So here’s where I’ll be this weekend:

My Table, A7: All Weekend Long!

I’ll be set up in the Scotiabank Centre for the entirety of the convention, at Table A7 in the guests area (between Gerhard and Ryan North, which is an A+ spot). Just look for my bright banner and the Wonder Woman table cloth! Here is a handy map:

halconmap

I’ll have copies of all three of my books for sale: Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, and The Many Lives of Catwoman, all for as reasonable a price as I can make them without losing money. And hopefully I’ll be set up for credit cards, if this new card reader thing I bought for my phone works, but cash is always good too. I’ll sign everything with my fancy book plates, of course. Plus, I’ll have free bookmarks to give away even if you don’t want to buy anything! The vendor area is open from 12-8pm on Friday, 9am-8pm on Saturday, and 9am-6pm on Sunday, and I’ll be at my table during those hours apart from events that follow.

Chat/Livestream at Extra Life HFX Booth: Gaming Floor, Friday 4pm

My pal Austin is part of this super cool gaming group that raises money for children’s hospitals, and I’ll be stopping by their booth to chat and be part of their livestream. Should be a good time! And maybe they’ll let me play video games. I wonder if they’ve got Mario Kart? Are folks even streaming Super Nintendo games? That may be too retro.

Panel, Getting Over Creative Hurdles: Room 302, Friday 4:45-5:30pm

Join me and novelist Margarita Gakis as we chat about what to do when you’ve written yourself into a corner or are otherwise stuck at any stage of a project. With Margarita doing fiction and me doing non-fiction, this should be a really fun chat with different perspectives and tips that are hopefully useful on both sides. We’ll be answering questions as well!

Panel, Women in Media: Room 301, Saturday 1-1:45pm

It’s me and Margarita Gakis again, talking about the role of women in media, how things have changed, and how far we have to go. Should be a cool conversation with lots to talk about! I’ll try not to blather on for too long about how amazing the Wonder Woman movie was, but I can’t guarantee I won’t.

Stargazer Soiree: Delta Halifax, Saturday 7-9pm

This is an event with all of the Hal-Con guests and staff and I’m guessing convention attendees as well? I’m not sure of the mechanisms through which convention attendees get in, but I’m pretty sure there is a way. Perhaps a Golden Ticket? I don’t know. Anyway, we’ll all be there are there’s drinks and snacks and such, so that’s fun.

Panel, Author Writing Tips: Room 302, Sunday 1:45-2:30pm

Join me, Margarita Gakis once more (I don’t know her at all, but by this point we should be fast friends! Or maybe mortal enemies? Time will tell. It should be an interesting dynamic either way), and Nicola R. White as we talk about writing, publishing, and general advice for getting involved in the world of books. There’ll be lots of audience questions for this too, which I’m looking forward to. I love Hal-Con’s commitment to these writing panels! So great.

So yeah, that’s my weekend. Should be busy but very fun. Come say hi, grab some books if you are so inclined, and check out the website for more great activities so that you can enjoy this wonderful show!

Advertisements

Take an Online Course on How to Publish a Non-Fiction Book with Me and my Agent, Dawn Frederick

January 23, 2017

loft.jpg

I’m trying something new this winter by co-teaching an online class with my wonderful agent, Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary, about how to develop a non-fiction book and get it published. The six-week course is called “Agent & Author: Publishing Non-Fiction” and we’re doing it via the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, but everything is online so you can take the course from anywhere. Dawn’s done several courses with them before so she’s a pro, while this is my first outing, and I’m excited to share my experiences with a crop of new writers.

These experiences will form the backbone of the course; we’re going to run through every step of the process of getting Wonder Woman Unbound published. It was my first book, and we’ll look closely at everything involved in going from an idea to writing a book to getting an agent to finding a publisher. The classes will break down like so:

Week 1: We’ll talk about your book ideas, and how to go from an idea to a book. I’ll share my process with Wonder Woman Unbound, and we’ll all get to know each other and what sort of books we’re looking to write.

Week 2: This one’s all about how to get an agent. We’ll discuss how to write a query letter to send to an agent, and I’ll post the query letters I wrote so you can learn what to do and what not to do. Dawn will have great insights since she’s received thousands of query letters over the years.

Week 3: We’ll dig into book proposals with this one. Selling a non-fiction book requires crafting a detailed book proposal, and we’ll run you through all of the steps and what you need to cover. Again, you’ll see various drafts of my proposals, and Dawn’s sold lots of books so she knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to proposals.

Week 4: This week digs into the relationship between author and agent, and how to navigate all of the steps of getting a book published together. We’ll also chat about edits and rewrites, and I’ll share several drafts of a chapter of Wonder Woman Unbound so you can get a sense of that process.

Week 5: It’s time for book contracts! Dawn will really shine in this one, since she deals with book contracts all the time while I mostly just sign them, and she’ll run through what you need to know, expect, and look out for when it comes to signing with a publisher.

Week 6: We’ll chat about what happens once your book sells, both in terms of working with your publisher and all of the steps therein as well as in terms of what you can do on your own to promote your book.

All together, it will be a thorough rundown of how to see your book from idea to publication, with lots of great tips and templates to help you through the process. If you’re thinking about writing a non-fiction book or have one that you’re looking to get published, this will be an ideal course for you.

The course starts on February 8, and it will involve online activities along with weekly video chats with the group. You can find out all about it by following this link. It costs $234 to take the course, but if you are in a low-income situation you can look into getting a scholarship through the Loft Literary Center that could help defray those costs somewhat. I hope to see you there, in electronic form! It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Wonder Woman Unbound Audio Book Now Available on Audible

March 30, 2016

audible

Reading is fun and all, but sometimes you just want to listen to a book. And if you’re the sort of person who likes listening to books, have I got news for you! My first book, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, is now available in audio book form on Audible! The book has been out in paper and ebook versions for almost two years, and now we’re expanding into the world of audio with this unabridged recording. Read by Colby Elliott, you’ll get the complete Wonder Woman Unbound experience with over seven hours of historical fun.

So yeah, this is the coolest! Having two print books out is all sorts of awesome, but this is my first audio book and I’m really excited about it. Everyone involved has done a great job with it, and I’m so glad that they’re presenting the book in its entirety.

The book is available for $20.99 US on Audible, unless you have an Audible account. I’m not super sure how Audible works; presumably you pay a monthly fee and can go to town with audio books or some such? I do know that if you sign up for Audible, you get a free trial month before you have to pay anything, so that sounds like a swell deal.

Anyway, now you can listen to Wonder Woman Unbound! How rad is that? Go give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Come See Me in Chicago for Lois Lane Fun, March 16 at Women & Children First and March 18-20 at C2E2

March 4, 2016

chicago

America! I am leaving my igloo and my maple syrup farm behind to come south and visit your nation. More specifically, Chicago! For a series of very fun events surrounding my newly released book, Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been to Chicago before, but everyone says it’s a great city and I’m excited to explore it when I’m not chatting about Lois.

My first event is at the bookstore Women & Children First, on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm. It’s a panel discussion called “The Legacy of Lois Lane”, and I’ll be talking about the history of Lois as well as several other female comic book characters along with my super fantastic fellow panelists. They include: Anne Elizabeth Moore from the Ladydrawers and the upcoming Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking (it’s really good, by the way), Lauren Burke from the Ladies Night Anthology series, Caitling Rosberg from The A.V. Club, and Katie Schenkel from Panels, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, and more! It’s a killer line up and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on Lois Lane and the history of female characters in comics. It’s going to be a lot of fun. For more information, check out the panel’s Women & Children First event listing and/or the Facebook event page.

After that, I’ve got Thursday all to myself for the most part. If there are any Chicago locals or Chicago enthusiasts reading this, hit the comments tell me what awesome things I should do with my day!

Then it’s C2E2, which should be awesome. Comic conventions are always a good time. My publisher’s distributor, Independent Publishers Group, has a booth at the show, #640, and my official signing times there are:

  • Friday, March 18, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 1:30-2:30pm
  • Sunday, March 20, 11:30am-12:30pm

We’re going to have books for sale and fun stuff to give away, so if you’re going to be at C2E2 you should definitely stop by. I’ve got bookplates for both Wonder Woman Unbound and Investigating Lois Lane, so your books will look extra snazzy. And if you don’t want to buy anything or get things signed, you can just come over and we can talk about Lois for a while; I’m always game for some Lois chatting.

So yeah, it’s going to be a very fun trip. I’m excited to find out if Chicago is my kind of razzmatazz. Though I’m also preparing myself not to be disappointed when all of my favourite fictional Chicago things prove to be not real; I’ll be sad if I don’t spy any Winslows, ER doctors, or the Steak Me Home Tonight food truck, but I’ll get over it. Hope to see you all soon, Chicago people!

The Legacy of Lois Lane Panel at Women & Children First, Chicago, IL – Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm

February 1, 2016

wcf

I’m going to be in Chicago this March for C2E2 (March 18-20), where I’ll be signing my new book, Investigating Lois Lane, at the IPG booth. We’ll probably have my first book, Wonder Woman Unbound, on hand as well. But before all of that convention fun, I’m going to be part of a panel discussion on “The Legacy of Lois Lane” at the bookstore Women & Children First on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm. It should be an excellent time, because the other panelists are FANTASTIC. We’ve got Anne Elizabeth Moore (Ladydrawers, Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking), Lauren Burke (Ladies Night Anthology), Caitlin Rosberg (The A.V. Club), and Katie Schenkel (Panels, The Mary Sue). We’re going to be talking about Lois Lane through the ages, as well as other great comic book heroines.

Here’s the official event description:

Lois Lane has been a constant presence in the world of superheroes for more than 75 years, a fearless reporter whose adventures are perpetually overshadowed by her co-star, Superman.  This panel brings her into the spotlight, discussing the history of the genre through the lens of Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, and a host of other heroines whose contributions have been all too often overlooked.  Panelists include:

Lauren Burke edits children’s books by day and produces comics by night. She has bullied three editions of the Ladies Night Anthology into existence, showcasing the work of diverse women in comics, and she is now working on a book about the mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie. Her life, in short, is one long sprint to get files to the printer.  You can find her on her Facebook page.

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine and Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter.  He also writes the monthly column “Gendercrunching” for Bleeding Cool, a statistical look at the gender breakdown of comic book creators.  You can find him on Twitter @timhanley01.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is an internationally renowned cultural critic. Fulbright scholar, UN Press Fellow, USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and part of the team behind The Ladydrawers.  She is also the author of Unmarketable, New Girl Law, Cambodian Grrrl, and the upcoming Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking.  You can find her on Twitter @superanne.

Caitlin Rosberg is a writing, knitting, tea drinking, baking machine with all the requisite robotic enhancements. She writes about comics at The A.V. Club and is an editor for Ladies’ Night Anthology, an annual independently produced comic anthology. Ask her about Rhodey.  You can find her on Twitter @crosberg.

Katie Schenkel is a lifelong superhero fan who writes about comics, pop culture, LGBTQ+ issues, feminism, and all the ways those topics overlap. You can find her work on Comics Alliance, Panels, The Mary Sue, Playboy, Quirk Books, IGN, her website justplainsomething.com, and her twitter @JustPlainTweets.

Women & Children First is located at 5233 N. Clark St. in Chicago, and admission is free so if you’re in the Chicago area or are coming to C2E2 and are going to be in town early, you should come on by! The panel is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I can’t wait to hang out with my fellow panelists and get their perspectives on key moments in Lois Lane’s history. They’re a smart bunch, and it will be a great discussion. You should definitely check it out!

My New Book, Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter, Coming This March!

January 5, 2016

I’ve mentioned this occasionally over the past several months, but now that the holidays are over it’s time to ramp up the excitement: I wrote another book! My first book, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, came out in 2014 and went over very nicely, so thanks so much to everyone for reading and supporting it. I’m back with Chicago Review Press for my second book, a quasi-sequel to the first that digs into the history of everyone’s favourite reporter, Lois Lane:

Investigating Lois Lane_cover

Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter covers the entire history of Lois Lane, from her first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938 through to the present day, across a variety of media. I explore her more than 75 years of comic book fun, but I also look at the Superman radio show, animated shorts, Broadway shows, all of the television shows (live action and cartoon), all of the movies, and even video games. If Lois was in something, it’s covered here.

Here’s the official back cover description, for a quick summary:

Sometimes a fearless heroine, sometimes a damsel in distress, and often both, Lois Lane is a paragon of journalistic integrity and the paramour of the world’s strongest superhero. Across comics, television, movies, and the radio, Lois has spent decades defiantly chasing front page stories despite the Man of Steel’s myriad attempts to rein her in. Investigating Lois Lane brings her out from Superman’s shadow and into the spotlight, exploring the depths of this mercurial woman who has fought for truth and justice for close to eighty years, without a cape or tights.

Or, as Liz Lemon says, it’s basically about this:

30rockgif

The book covers the high points one would expect from the history of Lois Lane: her Golden Age origins, her Silver Age series, Superman: The Movie, the death of Superman, Lois & Clark and Smallville. It’s structured to take us through her primary narrative, with built-in tangents to explore the weirder aspects of her history. We’ll dig into fun things like:

  • Superman co-creator Joe Shuster’s infatuation with his model for Lois Lane.
  • A letter writing campaign in the early 60s from kids demanding Lois be punished for annoying Superman.
  • What Looney Tunes, Mighty Mouse, and Underdog have to do with Lois.
  • Lois’ brief pro-women’s lib, feminist revolution in the 1970s and why it only lasted for 7 issues.
  • The women who wrote Lois in the 1980s (and beyond).
  • The many mysterious “deaths” of Lois Lane.

And so much more!

Investigating Lois Lane is scheduled to come out on March 1, 2016, and you can pre-order it now on Amazon and anywhere else that fine books are sold. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the horizon, might I humbly suggest both of my books as a fine primer on the two heroines who are totally going to steal the movie from those angry, angsty superbros.

Keep your eyes here and on my twitter page (@timhanley01!) for lots of cool promotions and Lois Lane fun over the next couple of months. I’m really excited about the book, and I can’t for everyone to get to check it out and get into Lois’ fascinating history. She’s been such a staple of the superhero industry for so long, and it was a real pleasure to put the focus on her for a change and explore the character as well as the history of the genre from her perspective.

Anyway, more soon. But for now, HOORAY, new book! And HOORAY, Lois Lane! This is a really fun one, gang.

Wonder Woman Unbound Is Named A 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List Title

February 9, 2015

Wonder Woman Unbound Cover

Well, this is just the coolest.

I’ve gotten a lot of nice feedback about my book, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, but this one really means a lot. The book has been named to the 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List. Each year, the Amelia Bloomer List features the best books with significant feminist content published in the previous 18 months that will appeal to young readers from birth to 18 years of age. The Amelia Bloomer Project is part of the American Library Association, Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Task Force (FTF).

I am so honoured that Wonder Woman Unbound is on the list, and the company is just unbelievable. Just to name a few, there’s G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel: No Normal, in my mind the absolute best comic of the past year. There’s also Lynn Sherr’s fantastic biography of Sally Ride, which you should all go read if you haven’t yet. Plus, there’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner! Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala is on the list as well. It’s very humbling to be listed alongside such wonderful books.

The Amelia Bloomer Project is a great resource to find excellent feminist books for young readers of all ages. I think it’s so important to present the stories of strong and impactful women, real and fictional, to kids and teens, and I feel very privileged to get to be a part of this endeavour. I highly recommend checking out the 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List, and the lists from past years as well, to find some excellent feminist books for yourself and for any young readers in your life.


%d bloggers like this: