Okay. For those who don't know a couple of days ago I teased about something involving reviewers, writers and authors who are marginalized. If you didn't see the teaser here it is.
Okay, okay, for real though, here's my tweets about "really cool thing that was cooler than it's definition".
Hey! You! Are you a PoC, belong to the LGBTQIAP+ community, are disabled, suffer from chronic illness or are marginalized & review books?— Meri Kilisimasi (@theauslibrary) December 6, 2016
So Stay tuned (by that I mean, BY THURSDAY!) Imma sure the super cool thing with you (I can't today bc I'm sick so stay tuneddd)— Meri Kilisimasi (@theauslibrary) December 6, 2016
Also you know you're really sick when you can't even spell *share* right. But yeah, stay tuned. It's gonna be fun.— Meri Kilisimasi (@theauslibrary) December 6, 2016
Now guess what! It's Thursday! It's the day I said I was gonna share something. So here is the something. I've been thinking about the community and how it's big (I mean it truly is BIG) and I've always wondered if I've met all the people. Like, have I truly seen all the voices that belong to the community or have I been a small part of it? Have I been tucked away in a small corner and have yet to explore the rest of the community? Is there another voice that needs exposure and a boost? Are there more people in the community who love food as much as I do? or kpop ? Do all white people like avocado like the media says? All valid questions I've yet to answer.
The other day I thought of something really cool. What if there was a way for those who are marginalized and belong to the book community to get to know each other? Then I got thinking again and I had come up with this really cool thing that I will name "The Squad". I know, what an amazing name. A+ for effort. Anyways, The Squad is basically you guys (marginalized reviewers & authors) coming together and well, introducing yourselves! It's basically like Friday Features, but supporting the marginalized. I'll be interviewing you guys or you guys can guest post (again, exactly like Feature Friday's) and making Squad Cards with your short bios. These interviews I'll be conducting go onto the blog on Fridays. It's a great way to really get to know you all and expand on the voices I support and boost. Sounds cool? or cooler than it's definition?
Here's the sign up forms. I cannot wait to get to know more people like myself in the community. If you know someone who'd be a great addition to the squad, please let them know about it.