Guest Post Roundup, and Phase 2
I want to once again thank everyone for the guest blog posts last month. They were amazing and powerful and thought-provoking. I know that you got me thinking about things I hadn’t considered before, and judging from the comments, I wasn’t the only one. Here’s the full list of posts:
- Parched – Mark Oshiro
- Boys’ Books – Katharine Kerr
- Clicking – Susan Jane Bigelow
- The Princess Problem – Charlotte Ashley
- Autism, Representation, Success – Ada Hoffmann
- Gender in Genre – Katie
- I Don’t See Color – Michi Trota
- Evil Albino Trope is Evil – Nalini Haynes
- Options – Joie Young
- Representation without Understanding – Derek Handley
- Non-binary and Not Represented – Morgan Dambergs
There were several other posts I wanted to mention in this roundup.
- Aging Children, I am one, by M. Fenn
- Lesbian Genre Fiction: The Importance of Having All 31 Flavors, by Heather Rose Jones
- The Power of Representation: SFF Saved My Life, by Nonny Blackthorne
- Spending Time with Old Sci-Fi, by James Ebert
- Disabilities in the Media and the follow-up post, Confession: I’m Part of the Problem, by Datista
The frustrating thing about blogging is that, for the most part, any given blog post has a very short lifespan. They get their moment in the spotlight, and then wander backstage to the archives. I wanted to find a way to keep these essays alive for anyone who wanted to read and share them. Which is why I spent the weekend sending contracts out to my guest bloggers and a couple of additional individuals for Invisible, an electronic anthology that will collect these essays in a more permanent form. I’m still working out the details, but each contributor will receive a token payment for their essay, with the rest of the profits going to Con or Bust. The essays will remain online for free, but the anthology will be $2.99, which seemed reasonable for a collection of this length. Here’s the cover I’ve been working on. Feedback is very much welcome. The contributor names are pixellated out because I haven’t received all of the contracts back yet. I’m excited about this. If all goes well, I’d love to make it an annual thing, both the guest blog posts and the electronic anthology.
March 3, 2014 @ 9:54 am
Sounds good! I’ll buy that when it comes out!
Jim C. Hines
March 3, 2014 @ 9:57 am
Thank you 🙂
March 3, 2014 @ 10:01 am
This series has been absolutely incredible, and Con or Bust deserves all the help it can get. So shut up and take my money! 🙂
March 3, 2014 @ 10:10 am
I forgot to add my thoughts about the cover – I like that the child is indistinct so anyone can project whatever features they imagine on them. And also the cape.
Jim C. Hines
March 3, 2014 @ 10:15 am
Thanks! That’s exactly what I was going for 🙂
March 3, 2014 @ 10:51 am
Yes, please. I’ll want several, when the time comes. Words on paper pages are like catnip to several acquaintances who would neverr read A Blog.
Jim C. Hines
March 3, 2014 @ 11:02 am
Right now, the plan is for an e-book only. I can look into a print edition, but I’m not going to make any promises on that front.
March 3, 2014 @ 11:19 am
These posts were really great and enlightening. I will certainly be buying a copy or two! And I agree with Darci, the cover is perfect. I hope a print edition can be worked out for the Luddites who consider the digital world anathema.
March 3, 2014 @ 11:34 am
On my list as well.
Heather Rose Jones
March 3, 2014 @ 11:49 am
Thank you for including my essay in the links. It’s been a great series!
March 3, 2014 @ 12:52 pm
Sign me up! I see this also as a great resource for all of the ‘writing the other is haaarrrddd’ folk.
March 3, 2014 @ 1:32 pm
The essays were wonderful at opening my eyes—I’ll be very happy to buy a copy!
Invisible: an anthology edited by Jim C Hines
March 3, 2014 @ 3:26 pm
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March 3, 2014 @ 5:04 pm
Can I send you money for this yet? No? How about now?
I *really* want this and I’m so glad you’re offering it. Thank you!
Jim C. Hines
March 3, 2014 @ 5:39 pm
March 4, 2014 @ 1:13 pm
Is it soup yet?
March 4, 2014 @ 3:04 pm
I’ve really enjoyed this series and have been trying to share all these posts with people I know. So this book will make it so much easier for me to say, OMG read this stuff it’s really interesting. I can’t wait to buy the book and tell people I know to read it!
March 4, 2014 @ 4:29 pm
Thanks so much for hosting this series. I’ve learned so much from these essays – most especially that I have lots more to learn. So glad you’re going to be putting them out as an anthology and that you’re considering making it an annual event!
March 4, 2014 @ 7:39 pm
I think both doing this annually and releasing the posts as an anthology are brilliant ideas.
Also, kudos on the proceeds going to Con or Bust.
March 5, 2014 @ 2:18 pm
Wow, fantastic idea. I’ve read at least the ones that were posted here and selected a few more to look at, but I love the idea of a lasting collection. Thanks for putting this together!
March 11, 2014 @ 3:33 pm
I’ve devoured all the guest posts and I was wondering – do you know of any resources where people talk about good ways to write difference?
Jim C. Hines
March 12, 2014 @ 8:20 am
Not specifically, I’m afraid. Though you might check out http://www.writingtheother.com/
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