Mar 5, 2017 | news

Don't Talk to Strangers

Just a short note. Fireside received an email today from someone using a pseudonym asking a bunch of questions about the #BlackSpecFic report, and talking about a counter-report they claim to be preparing. Fireside does not engage with people using pseudonyms to discuss important issues like this, and we have told them as much. We look forward to their report coming to light so we can have a public discussion.

UPDATE: In reply to this email, I just sent a link to the above post. I just got back an email: “I am disappointed in your response. A fellow editor spoke very highly of you.”

My official response: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

© 2017 Brian J. White

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Brian J. White

Brian White started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company.