You might recall that when we announced BigIdeaAuthors.com we used the above illustration of an author as our icon. What you don’t know is that we have some other icons as well, designed to reflect the fact that anyone can be an author, and every author has a big idea. To see the rest of our icons, and how we at BigIdeaAuthors.com intend to pursue diversity in our content, click through for the rest of the entry.
First, the rest of our icons:
The current plan for the icons, incidentally, is to have them as part of the masthead, and to have one of them rotate in on a random basis whenever someone comes into the site or visits/refreshes a page. Aside from being a nice and easy way to change up the look of the site, it’s our little way of reminding people that authors come from every walk of life, and all of them have something interesting to say.
Now, to be sure, if our commitment to author diversity was limited to cute little rotating icons, we would suck. So allow me to take a moment to be very clear about this:
It is the expressed intent of BigIdeaAuthors.com to seek Big Ideas and other content that reflects the full diversity of authors and their ideas. That includes a commitment on our part to include authors of color, authors of both sexes, authors of all political and social stripes and of the wide range of sexualities. Also, authors in all sorts of genres, fiction and non-fiction alike, and authors from presses big and small. We want BigIdeaAuthors.com both to reflect the diversity of book writers that exists now, and to promote the idea of a diversity of authors going forward. Also, we think it’s cool to bring to potential readers works and authors they don’t know about — or might think at first aren’t of interest to them. That’s fun.
We’re not going to programmatic about this, in part because — and especially at the beginning — a lot of our content will be dictated on which authors want to participate. Nevertheless, it’s a commitment on our end. We’ll be letting lots of publishers know the site exists (I’m creating the publicist data sheet as we speak), and we’ll make sure we let them know we’re interested in the whole range of their authors. And we’ll do our part to let authors of color, etc know we’re hoping for them to participate. We get who we get, at least at first. But it’s our hope that as the site grows, the authors we see in it reflect the entire range of who is an author, and what they write. We want to make it happen, and we’ll work toward it.
Finally, a reminder for authors/publicists/editors that we’re putting together a mailing list for people to be updated when we have concrete news about the site. Go to BigIdeaAuthors.com to get the e-mail address.