Am I the only one who feels like it’s a terrible, exploitative thing to get 30+ guest artists for a book that’s being sold for personal gains?
There is no mention of a charity and about 80% of the work is guest art, meaning the guest artists…
Let me first explicitly state that I did not receive a single email from you regarding this matter —- whether you believe it or not. Also, it’s not like I do nothing but stare at email all day, I have work, I have a hundred other people before you I have to reply to… you could’ve waited a bit for an answer before jumping the boat or tried a different method of contact. This was really too hasty of an assumption. Even our history aside, I would’ve answered, because this is pretty important.
When I wrote the invite, I wrote very clearly that if the artists wanted more clarification or wanted more detail, they could ask me. Only one person did, and that was it. Everyone seemed OK and eager to help out. I didn’t force anyone. I said I’d be very ok if they declined or were just too busy. The only thing vague about the information I sent out is regarding the girl’s situation and what specifically the funds would be used for, because it concerns someone else’s private information, so they had to ask me, and I would have to ask if it’s ok to divulge that information. This isn’t a Kickstarter where I have to pitch my product, don’t compare it to one, please. It concerns another human being, who is very real, is friends with other guests artists, and isn’t made up of thin air or anything, has feelings, and insecurities, and their own reason for being restrictive of information and I want to respect that.
I get that you’re concerned but just because I didn’t specify a cause, doesn’t mean you aught to just assume I’m a manipulative jerk who gathered all my friends and those I respect just to make a quick buck. I have always been available at all times to my guests, for any concerns they might’ve had. I didn’t coerce anyone to participate, I didn’t dangle my friendship on top of their heads, I didn’t get angry when they wanted to drop out or when they were late. I’m very appreciative that they trust me enough.
It’s not like I want to be vague. I could’ve started the promotion very detailed, open, and explicitly, or chosen a completely different way to do this, but I would be upsetting the very person I’m trying to help.
The cost of even making this book is so high, I start to wonder how much help this is all going to even be.
I had sent an “ask” on tumblr, to which you replied quite promptly from someone else, so either it simply didn’t go through or…? I really can’t tell you.
Fundraising doesn’t have to be about pitching a product. There are always people involved, and yes, sometimes they are in dire need — and that doesn’t mean they’re exempt from transparency as to what their cause is. I never questioned the existence of said friend, who by the way was not mentioned to the general public before the question was raised (ie by this post and my MIA message).
Putting the onus on the guest to press for more information is still a questionable thing to do, especially if you want them to be a part of your project. And of course they would agree, they’re your colleagues who trust you? Wouldn’t you trust them to keep your information in confidence anyway?
I asked one of the guests what this project was about, and the answer was “I believe the book is to support this person..? I actually have no idea lol” which naturally led me to believe that this project was not organized in a manner that was clear to its guests. I have spoken to some other guests and they were clear, however. I can’t say what the cause of the discrepancy was, honestly.
I am simply raising legitimate questions. If you feel that it puts a negative light on you, that’s on your omission of information from the very beginning because as I said, it wasn’t like I tried to contact you directly prior to this post. It’s just unfortunate that the message got lost??
I’m a compassionate person, and sure, you can appeal to emotion if you’d like. My heart goes out to anyone in terrible situations. But the exact cause is still unclear to me (and everyone?) and I’d appreciate some information based on that. Thanks however for taking the time to respond.