If you’re not familiar with the controversy surrounding the (now canceled) Wicked Pretty Things anthology, check out Jim’s post linked above, as well as this early recap from unfunnybusiness. It’s a whirling clusterfuck of homophobia and misguided foolishness (at best).
However, I wanted t point out this aspect of the post:
Pulling a story from an anthology is scary. You risk alienating editor and publisher both, not to mention turning down a paycheck. You worry about appearing unprofessional. And you wonder if you’ll find another home for the story you worked so hard on…
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and I’d like to extend an offer to any author who pulled his or her story from one of Telep’s projects as a result of this incident.
- If you have not already found a home for your withdrawn story, I would be happy to read it.
- If I like the story (and knowing most of the authors involved, I suspect I will), I’ll offer $100 up front to publish it here on my blog.
- Each story will include a donations link. Once the initial $100 has been covered, further donations will be split 50/50. Half will be paid to the author, and the other half will be donated to a LGBTQ-friendly cause.
- If I publish multiple stories, I will look into putting together an e-book collection of those stories, with profits again being split between the authors and a LGBTQ-friendly cause.
The many authors who pulled out of the antho didn’t do so to gain cookies, and I hope that their stance is remembered by those who care about erasing prejudice in culture (which includes fiction). I’m glad that Jim is offering his space as a venue for these stories, and that profits will go to both the authors and an LGBTQ cause.