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Running for SFWA Office (but NOT President)

Snoopy

After a great deal of thought, discussion with my family, and a good, hard look at my schedule and priorities, I just posted the following in the discussion forums of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America.

One way or another, I hope members will vote in the upcoming election. Because if there are no votes, I think the bylaws state that Lee and I have to fight some sort of a duel. Something about rubber chickens and key lime pie…

Jim C. Hines
Platform Statement for South/Central Regional Director

I joined SFWA as an associate member in 2001, and upgraded to active as soon as I made that third short fiction sale. SFWA wasn’t only a goal and a source of validation, but also a valuable resource. Even before that first qualifying sale, I followed Writer Beware religiously. I have no doubt that SFWA saved me from a number of mistakes in those early years. Later, I learned about the Emergency Medical Fund, got first-hand experience with the Grievance Committee, and watched SFWA promote an industry-wide change in “professional” short fiction rates.

I’ve served on SFWA’s exploratory copyright committee, assisted with the drafting of a potential harassment policy, and volunteered at the SFWA table at Worldcon, but after twelve years, I’d like to give more back to the organization by serving as South/Central Regional Director.

First and foremost, I believe a Regional Director must listen to and represent the membership. I’ve been very active with the SF/F community, particularly working writers, both those who are members of SFWA and those who qualify but, for a variety of reasons, have chosen not to join the organization. I believe my online platform will make me accessible to our members, and give me a platform to hear and respond to their concerns.

I would like to see SFWA continue to move forward. To me, the biggest priority is to complete the reincorporation process. I would also like to see SFWA reach out to those eligible writers who have turned away, believing—rightfully or wrongfully—that we have nothing to offer, or that we’re too narrow in the writers we welcome and celebrate in our ranks.

As an author, I’ve published more than 40 short stories, and my ninth novel from DAW will be out later this year. I was honored with a Hugo award last year for my online writing about the SF/F community. (And yes, I’m the guy who did those half-naked cover poses to try to promote discussions of sexism in the genre.)

In my day job as a manager working for the State of Michigan, I’ve received a crash course in managing priorities, responding to multiple demands on my time, and reviewing input from a variety of often contradictory sources. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve learned how to keep good ideas from stagnating, and to do the work to push those good ideas forward.

I have nothing but respect and gratitude for Lee Martindale and the work she’s done for SFWA. But I also think the membership is better served when there are multiple candidates, and I believe I have a lot to offer the organization.

I would appreciate your vote for South/Central Regional Director. But more importantly, I hope you’ll vote, period.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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oneminutemonkey
Feb. 14th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'd vote for you...

except that since I'm not an Active member, I still have little, if any, say, over what happens in SFWA.

Sigh.
jimhines
Feb. 14th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Well hurry up and sell more fiction!!!
oneminutemonkey
Feb. 14th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
But being a professional book reviewer helps pay the bills. And editing makes me happy. And while I've had 15 sales in 4 years, I haven't had a -qualifying- sale since 2006. :(

There are days, y'know? Sell 1 book or 3 stories to the right markets from a rather small and highly competitive list, and you're set for life. Be active in the field in multiple ways for well over a decade, and you can still be a second-class citizen until the day you die.
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oneminutemonkey
Feb. 14th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
Perhaps not my best choice of words, but born from long frustration. SFWA has multiple tiers of membership, and only Actives can vote for elected officials. Affiliates (those involved in the field in all roles except writing fiction) and Associates ( those who made some sales but not enough to qualify as Actives... I.e. 1 or 2 of the 3 short story sales or equivalent) don't have all the rights afforded Actives. So some folks make it in with hardly any time, others muddle along for years.

It's a pet peeve I vent about once a year or so before going back to a quiet life in the minor leagues.

Edited: okay, after looking up a fuller definition of the term "second class citizen" I really didn't mean to use it, and would edit it out altogether if LJ allowed as much. I apologize for the linguistic blunder.

Now then, back to the topic at hand: why Jim should be elected as High Pooba of SFWA....

Edited at 2013-02-15 12:02 am (UTC)
jimhines
Feb. 15th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
I am NOT running for High Pooba! I'm running for Regional Pooba. This is a Very Important Distinction!
deborahjross
Feb. 14th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Alas, I cannot vote for you, being in the Western District...
jimhines
Feb. 14th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
There's still time to move! I can check the real estate listings for Michigan if you want...
deborahjross
Feb. 14th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
You're so sweet, but unless Michigan has redwoods and ocean, I'll pass.
deborahblakehps
Feb. 14th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Not qualified to be a member, alas, and also not in the right district--so I can't vote for you. I will, however, be over here in the corner waving my pom poms and turning virtual cartwheels. (You DO NOT want to see me attempt the real ones.)

Way to walk your talk, Jim. Kudos.
jimhines
Feb. 15th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
What's with all of you people living in the wrong states???

And thank you :-)
mtlawson
Feb. 14th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Jim, if there is a duel, I'd bet that anything involving rubber chickens and key lime pie would end up getting flagged on YouTube.

Not that there's anything wrong with that....

Best of luck from someone who can't vote in the election!
tygerversionx
Feb. 15th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Does this mean you'll be reborn as Jim C. Hines the White? ;)
jimhines
Feb. 15th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
That depends on how the duel with Lee goes :-)
comrade_cat
Feb. 15th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Cool! Good luck, Jim!

Will the winners of the election do a group gender-reversed action cover pose for us all to celebrate their win? What can you do to work towards this? Or am I objectifying men in silly poses again?
jimhines
Feb. 15th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
Somehow, I suspect that even if I won, such a proposal would probably get voted down by the other board members...
snapes_angel
Feb. 15th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
Rubber chickens and key lime pie sounds interesting, actually. Do you have to stuff the chicken with it, or somehow make the pie with the chicken hidden inside?
jimhines
Feb. 15th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
It depends on your level of skill and training.
snapes_angel
Feb. 15th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
That's true of anything, isn't it?
galeni
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
Lee uses a sword. Thought I'd mention it.

And no, I can't vote for either of you being in the West and not yet qualified.
lee_martindale
Feb. 15th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
The rubber chicken is the *off-hand* weapon, people. The keylime pie is dessert.
jimhines
Feb. 15th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Comments like this make *me* want to vote for you :-)
lee_martindale
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
And your vote would be welcome. (grin)
cathschaffstump
Feb. 15th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
You sound so...professional. People just might vote for you.
jimhines
Feb. 15th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I'm sure I'll disabuse them of that notion soon enough :-)
sktait
Feb. 16th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
"got first-hand experience with the Grievance Committee" Untold story here ;-)?

I see the streak of masochism I suspected from your "contortions for covers" has been confirmed by your running for "herder of cats" as South/Central Regional Director.

Good luck to both you and Lee.

And remember, "a sadist is someone who is kind to a masochist" ;-)
jimhines
Feb. 17th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Yep, and one which should really stay unshared. Sorry.

I think the masochistic streak is written into the bylaws for anyone running for office :-)
seldearslj
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
flippant response is flippant:

I think the bylaws state that Lee and I have to fight some sort of a duel. Something about rubber chickens and key lime pie...

...and this is inducement to avoid a deadlock?

Serious response: good luck and best wishes!
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