Heroism is defined by more than superheroic strength and a dual identity. Did you know that midwife Robin Lim successfully delivered thousands of babies through her Indonesian birthing clinics? That Stanford University graduate Caroline Paul was among the first dozen women to join the San Francisco Fire Department? That former U.S. congressman Les AuCoin’s stellar record earned him a Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club? That, as former president of the Authors Guild, Roy Blount, Jr., has spent years advocating for authors’ rights and royalties?
Which Red Room author or member is your hero—and why? Tell us. Or better yet, post a user review on one of their Book pages and you’ll be a hero to them.
Here's what to do:
- Think of a Red Room Author or Premium Member whom you consider your hero and who has at least one book displayed on their page
- Go to their Author Page or Member Page, find the book in the featured books section of their main page (use the slider if there is more than one book)
- Without clicking on the book or going to its individual page first, click "Write a review." That link is located just to the right of the "Add to Bag" or "Buy Now" button.
- (Extra bonus step: Click "Add to Bag" or "Buy Now" and buy the book!! Even if you already own it, you must like it well enough to buy a copy for a friend. Learn more about all the reasons you should shop for your favorite authors' books in the Authors Bookstore.)
If you don't see a "Write a review" link, or your Red Room hero doesn't have a book displayed, please post your thoughts about him or her on your blog, and tag your post "Red Room hero blog." The goal here, however, is to show your favorite writers why they're your heroes by reviewing their work—become their hero in turn! (Just this once, we're asking that you not review or write about your own book.)
Two selected bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:
- Animated by the stories of some of the last century's most charismatic and conniving artists, writers, and businessmen, Gerard Jones's Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book brilliantly demonstrates how the creators of the superheroes gained their cultural power and established a crucial place in the modern imagination.
- Appealing to the casual comic book reader as well as the hardcore graphic novel fan, Gina Misiroglu's The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes is "the ultimate A-to-Z compendium describes everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil."
So post a user review or a blog post today! We'll choose one of these reviews or blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage in two weeks. Post your entry by Friday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration. If you do blog, be sure to tag your entry with the keyword term Red Room hero blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
Don't forget to check out last week's entries about when Red Roomers first knew they had to be writers. From someone whose “D” in a college composition class just made her work harder to a story idea that jolted another one out of bed in the middle of the night, Red Roomers had one thing in common: the undeniable need to write.
Our past blog challenge topics are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room