Percy Jackson and the Diversity Thief (Minus the Thief Part)

John Edward Lawson

rp-logo143x111Yesterday one of my son’s favorite authors, Rick Riordan (the Red Pyramid series, the Percy Jackson series, etc.), announced he will match donations up to $10,000 for my publishing colleague’s crowdfunding campaign. Who is this friend of mine? Bill Campbell, the mastermind behind Rosarium Publishing.

I first met Bill when another colleague, author K. Ceres Wright, invited me to a talk being given by Phenderson Djèlí Clark on the long-overlooked African American works of science fiction from the 1800s and early 1900s. It was a great event, one that was standing room only, and afterwards a group of us–authors, editors, and artists, including Phenderson–went out to break bread together.

Rosarium-billBill was part of that initial group, some of whom have gone on to form the Diverse Writers & Artists of Speculative Fiction (of which I am a founding member–more on that soon!). We’ve hung out off and on since…

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