Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Call for Essays for #ME TOO book

Call for Essays for

Essays About How and Why This Happened,
What it Means, and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again

Due Date: October 23, 2017

Every woman I know is talking about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and rape accusations, and the groundswell of reaction and exposure this has unleashed.

No woman was surprised by the response to the Twitter blackout that Rose McGowan called for, or the number of tweets the #MeToo campaign drew.

But now what?

This is a turning point, and it needs to be memorialized and passed around and passed on, and although Twitter is a fantastic means of igniting a fire, it needs to keep burning, like a torch.

I’m a word woman. As a trained journalist, a newspaper owner, a writer, and now the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, I believe in the power and permanence of words in print.

So Riverdale Avenue Books, a woman owned leading e-book publisher, is putting its money, words and power, behind this and publishing a collection of essays titled

Essays About How and Why This Happened,
What it Means, and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again.

This book is about the future—not a collection of harassment memories.  We need voices—our voices—to figure out what we can do, and do it, and to pass it round virally.

So I’m asking for essays from everyone—not just women—about the above from 250 words and up. Send as a word doc with a brief bio. 

The book will be distributed free as an ebook (Riverdale is in discussions with Amazon to partner with us to give away the print edition for free—if they won’t, we’ll just charge cost).

So there’s no pay.  But there never is for a movement or for changing society’s views.

My business partner asked me “why are we doing this?”   I told him, because we can and because we can donate our time and resources and crash this book out without having to go before a board of directors and explain why we’re doing it, unlike all the other mainstream publishing houses that are rife with conflicts and internal gender politics.

So think of this book as feminism’s Pentagon Papers. 

We’re going to publish next week.  Our target date is October 26th.

So tell your friends, writers you admire, anyone who you know has a story to tell or thoughts to share, or who has ever said, “You know what we should do….”

Let’s make history. Let’s change our world.

Let’s show the world what the feminist adage “the personal is political!” really means.

Submit your essays to:

Lori Perkins,
Publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books

About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry.  We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 11 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus, the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Pop, featuring pop culture titles; Afraid, a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; Verve, featuring lifestyle titles; and Hera, featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up.

Our authors have been finalists and won numerous awards including IPPY’s, Lambda Literary Awards, ALA’s Amelia Bloom List, the Bi-Writers Association, Golden Crown Literary Association, Rainbow Book Awards, and Triangle Awards. 

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