Statement from The Editors of Indie Blu(e) Publishing Regarding But You Don’t Look Sick

Indie Blu(e) – A possible misunderstanding

Brave & Reckless

It has come to our attention that our recent announcement regarding the upcoming anthology But You Don’t Look Sick conveyed a tone that could be interpreted as dismissive to the 239 writers and artists who responded to the original call for submissions, as well as invalidating to those who live with an invisible mental illness. It is never our intention to make anyone feel less than and we are deeply sorry that anyone reading the announcement may have felt devalued, dismissed, or invalidated.

We know better, and we should do better.

Co-founder Christine E. Ray drafted the announcement solo and was so focused on being direct and clear that kindness and compassion suffered. That was unacceptable.

We would like to respond to those who make the argument that PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, etc. are important invisible illnesses that are often stigmatized, ridiculed, and misunderstood. You are absolutely right. We…

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