Star Wars Fansites’ Big Thursday

Thursday might be hard to top for fans running Star Wars fansites. Fandom Apocalypse initiated a Star Wars Fansite Seminar on Twitter, where fansites shared their knowledge and learned a few new things. Dunc from ClubJade compiled the discussion, which ran with the hashtag #SWFS.

As the seminar was winding down, io9 broke the exclusive cover art and blurb for the mystery novel from Star Wars Books, set for very early next year. Maul: Lockdown continues in the horror genre for Star Wars author Joe Schreiber. From the blurb:

In a tale of retribution and survival set before the events of The Phantom Menace, Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious dispatch Sith apprentice Darth Maul on a secret mission to infiltrate a criminal empire operating from inside Cog Hive Seven – a hidden prison teeming with the galaxy’s most savage criminals. There, he must contend against the scummiest and most villainous in gladiatorial death matches while carrying out his masters’ clandestine commands. Failure is not an option; success will ignite the revenge of the Sith against the Jedi Order.

I couldn’t resist pointing out the Fifty Shades parallels in the cover art.

Also on Twitter, I had noted that the Star Wars Fansite Seminar was part of an elaborate plot:

The Force certainly works in mysterious ways. By 5:00 p.m. we had several major entertainment websites breaking the news that J.J. Abrams would be directing Episode VII. Here’s Hollywood Reporter’s look at the best Twitter reactions to the reports.



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to