Okay, so. This is a slightly last-minute announcement.
I’ll be up front: I didn’t expect to have (two-thirds of) a second term, and things have kind of been on autopilot the last half a year. There were a couple neat initiatives, notably the Awareness Week, but there’s a lot of stuff that I let go quiet that I shouldn’t have and a few big things that I should have moved forward that I didn’t.
“Let me try and get moving again” is a kind of strange platform to run on, but here are the specific things I’d like to aim for:
[ul][li]Self-publishers: This is the big one–changing the membership requirements to allow self-published authors in. I don’t know exactly what form this will take, but we’re way overdue on it.[/li]
[li]Branding refresh: I know that sounds very newspeak, but as cute as the FWG art is, it’s not particularly logo-friendly, and much of it is tied to the fursonas of past presidents. I’d like to add Chipotle to the bookmark the FWG to have its own identity.[/li]
[li]Advocacy: I’m going to need someone to help me resurrect the Book of the Month posts! But I’d like to go beyond that, and find ways to both expand furry readership and start gently nudging our growing cohort of publishers toward more professional contracts and reporting.[/li]
[li]Involvement: We really need to get members more involved! How? Well…you’re the members, so I’m going to be asking you. But you folks are ultimately our reason for existing, our best advocates, and our best resources.[/li]
[li]Infrastructure: Makyo ran into issues trying to move the forum that I haven’t quite figured out, either, but both the forum and the web site could use some behind-the-scenes love.[/li][/ul]
There are other things I’m not sure about yet, most specifically how to handle finances; a Poetigress and I found out, it’s difficult to use PayPal as if it were your club’s bank account, especially if your club isn’t incorporated. (This is why she ended up being treasurer this most recent term: it’s basically her PayPal account!) It’s also, however, somewhat difficult to incorporate as a nonprofit; we’d need to have a board of directors, file annual reports with the IRS, and so on. I’m going to look into ways to resolve this, although there’s a good chance you’ll just have to trust whoever the next president is not to steal the FWG’s money for the indefinite future.