Hodder & Stoughton is relaunching the website for its science fiction, fantasy and horror community Hodderscape today, and holding its first open submission period later this year.
The new website, which is designed by Bookswarm to be fully responsive, will make searching for books easier, with the ability to view titles by publication date or genre. The site has advanced features enabled for enhanced Google Analytics tracking, so that Hodderscape can learn more about what its audience wants. Each book page will contain additional content such as trailers or podcasts, as well as other recommended reads from within the Hodder & Stoughton catalogue.
In April Hodderscape will hide “Easter eggs” around the new site, inviting users to search for them by dropping hints online. All the Easter eggs, once gathered, will compose a riddle or puzzle, with users getting the chance to win prizes if they email in their guesses to the riddle or puzzle.
Hodderscape will host its first open submission period from 3rd August to 16th August this year, looking for new voices in science fiction, fantasy and horror. More details on how to submit work will be released closer to the time.
The community will also host Dodocon 2 this year, following the inaugural event in 2014 which celebrates authors, agents and fans.
The event will be hosted on the rooftop terrace of Carmelite House on Victoria Embankment, the new headquarters for Hodder & Stoughton’s parent company Hachette UK.
Hodderscape was launched in early 2012, and now features information about Hodder’s science fiction, fantasy, horror and speculative publishing, as well as television and movie reviews, original articles, competitions and behind the scenes looks into the daily life of a publishing house.