Dear Open Salon Community,
Greetings and salutations! By way of introduction, my name is Jake Sugarman, and I’m the (brand spanking) new editor of Open Salon. It’s a pleasure to meet you all, albeit electronically. As a bit of background, my writing has appeared in Salon, Tablet, Westchester Magazine and the New York Times online. I’m also a former English major and J-School alumnus with a yen for non-fiction—narrative journalism, essays, journalistic essays, you name it. In short, all of the kinds of pieces you publish regularly on your respective blogs.
My vision for Open Salon is largely the same as the one you’ve come to know and love, with one meaningful tweak. While you’re still invited to write about whatever subjects get your creative juices flowing, I’d also like to encourage you to tackle stories that are timely or even prescient. Earlier today, for instance, the Supreme Court rejected most of Arizona’s immigration law but upheld that state police may check the immigration status of those that they detain. Meanwhile, debate over health care continues to rage on the eve of Thursday’s make-or-break decision. Directly or indirectly, chances are that one of these issues affects you personally. And whether you have a long-form essay or a snap reaction post to contribute, we want you to be a part of the discussion.
Open calls are obviously nothing new around these parts, but my hope is to produce them more regularly—to get you thinking about topics that are meaningful to a wide readership and, perhaps more importantly, to get you Published (capital “p”). As a onetime freelancer, believe me, I know how hard it can be to build a readership. That’s why I’ll be posting my editor’s picks throughout the day to Facebook and Twitter (@OpenSalonPicks), both of which I urge you to follow.
I recognize how rare it is to work with a thoughtful and talented community of reader/writers, and I’m thrilled to be editing Open Salon. I look forward to corresponding with each of you.
Open Salon Editor