April 2016 Update by Ian Shires
So, I wanted to take a moment and address what we need to do to make the Starting Point a big deal for 2017. This year, at the SPACE show (which is just a few weeks away as I write this), I will be presenting the very first official Inductee to the Hall of Fame. This person was only voted on by myself and a few advisors whom I consulted with the idea of doing it. We don’t have official guidelines and the data I presented in the Starting Point book is very much a structure I put in place on my own.
This isn’t exactly how I envision the Hall of Fame operating moving forward. What we need is a panel of people interested in preserving and honoring the history of small press. We need this panel to vote on official guidelines, and then we need to set up so eligible publishers can then be voted on by the general membership of the Self Publisher Association. That is paramount to really making this mean something.
I continue to struggle with the disparity between people saying this is a great idea, a needed thing, and something they love to see happening…and the amount of actual volunteer activity that has helped make it happen. As in, I did everything with no help, even though I continue to beg and plead for more people to help. I understand that this type of Hall of Fame does not have any sort of operational budget. We’re going to be struggling to get the recognition and support it needs, but I cannot stress enough, that I can’t do this by myself. That if everyone is waiting for me to build this, the wait is going to get longer and longer.
One of the things I am going to try to accomplish is the creation of some basic pages to present the HOF online. So far, I have not had time to build that. In the meantime, we need publishers to fill in the information needed to have a solid record of who did what when. It costs nothing to care enough to fill out a form so that we have the information needed to create a historical record of your work. All you have to do is go to a web page…
Spreading the word and talking about the effort costs nothing but a little time. If you have any interest in seeing this work continue, your speaking up and speaking about it, really will help.
Look, I don’t want to put this on the back burner again. I did that when Small Press Idol took off and I had to shift my focus. We dropped the Small Press Trading Cards, we stopped doing calendars… All of those things can be brought back, but we need to work together as a group to do so. Do what you can…but do something. We can build something significant if we try. But we have to get talking first as well.
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