Ok, I was just kind of sitting around thinking both about what I want to do with my forum here on Oasis and with my own website. It occured to me that since my website is called Samersguild.com, I should have a guild or organization of some sort. Ok, no brainer there. For those of you who haven't read the teaser for my book, a samer is what a gay person is called on the world in which the book is set. So now I have - some sort of gay organization. Beyond that, I thought to myself, I'm a Fantasy writer who has always wanted to work with gay/lesbian/bisexual teens, which has led me ultimately to contemplate an organization of gay/lesbian/bisexual teen writers. So far so good, but what would this group do? Well, it's kind of a given that the members will write, and discuss their writings, but that seems kind of lackluster to me. I'd like to think a bit bigger than that. So how about taking it to the next level - to the level that every writer wants to get to eventually - PUBLICATION.
I'm thinking of an anthology of poetry, short stories, novellas and illustrations by young glb writers. I'd want to try and emphasize works of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and other genre fiction, both because that's my area of expertise and because I think it would help to stretch everyone's imaginations a bit and make for a much more interesting book. It would cost very little to publish it, and we'd work afterwards on marketing it. This would be kind of like a gay Junior Achievement project. If the project is a success, I could run it again in subsequent years.
I know that, even just among the people in this room, there's an amazing reservoir of talent. I can only imagine how much more there is out there. There also seems to be a shortage of published material written by and for gay youth. So it seems to me that, with a little skillful marketing, this little project could fast become an underground success.
Anyhow...that's my idea. It's actually a bit more than a germ; it's more of a headcold of an idea. What I want to know is a.) what you guys think of it, and b.) whether you'd want to participate in such a project, either under your own name or a pseudonym. I welcome your comments here, but if you're really interested - I mean like seriously, fiercely interested - send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Give me ideas, ask me questions, or just let me know you want in. This is an idea I could get totally stoked over, provided others display some similar enthusiasm.
Not a writer? Not artistically gifted? Still want to participate? Speak up. One of the good parts about the idea of publishing and marketing the final project is that we'll need volunteers to help out with the production and sales end of it too. Never tackled a genre piece? No biggie. Most anything that can be written as regular fiction can be easily written as a genre piece. I'll be there to help out with that aspect of it.
So give me some blowback you guys (hehe, I said blow). If I get enough interest, I'll begin forming a committee to help me put the finished concept together. There are legal issues for me to check up on since there will be minors involved, but that will be my worry if things progress that far. I just want to know right now what you guys think of the idea. So????????????