I do. I love everything about them.
I love reading them. I love writing stories for them. I love meeting new authors and characters through them. I especially love holding one massive book in my hands. (Take a look at the size of these two anthologies I was recently in compared to a standard, mass market paperback:)
As a writer, a multi-author anthology is great for introducing your writing style to new readers. I always gain new mailing list subscribers, book sales, and comments through social media from new fans.
As a reader, anthologies are a great way to taste many different writers work. The best part is they are inexpensive AND you don’t have to invest a lot of time to determine if you like how an author writes a story. If I loved something, I always go on to find more by that author. (My biggest pet peeve is when a story does not get wrapped up in a satisfying way. Many people may go on to read another book, but not me. I’m not that patient.)
This week, a 20,000+ word novella of mine, Fangs & Fairy Dust, was published in the Darklight & Daydreams Anthology. This one is my second charity anthology I’ve participated in. Here, all the proceeds will go to Puerto Rico to help them recover after hurricane Maria hit last year.
I also have a cozy witch story just in time for Valentine’s Day available in the Hexes and Ohs Anthology.
So, due to my love of this form of book, I may have over committed myself for 2018. I have a handful of anthologies coming out this calendar year.
- Hexes and Ohs: A collection of paranormal cozy shorts. Published January 16th. (Contains a cozy romantic witch story.)
- Darklight & Daydreams: A charity anthology benefiting Puerto Rico. Published February 1st (Contains a spin-off novella in my Angels of Sojourn series.)
- Angels & Magic: Short Story collection. Publishing in May. (Will contain a short story in my Angels of Sojourn series.)
- Angels & Magic Box Set. Publishing in June. (Will contain a novella in my Angels of Sojourn series.)
- Unleashed: A Paranormal Romance Anthology. Publishing in August. (Will contain a novella in my Angels of Sojourn series.)
- Legends of the Veil: A Fae Anthology. Publishing in August. (Will contain a novella in my Fairy Godmother World.)
We have covers for all these sets, but I can’t share the unpublished ones yet. Keeping a secret is SO HARD!
Another thing I love about writing a story for an anthology is they are quite a bit shorter than a novel and are a much needed break from a bigger, lengthy project. Like right now, I just finished up Book 2 in the Angels of Sojourn series and can’t wait to get started on some shorter works.
As always, thanks for reading!
Please share your love/hate relationship with anthologies.
I was never much an an anthology girl until I was asked to participate in one last year. I’m thinking I will do two more this year. Guess you could say I am a fan now.
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I like anthologies for much of the same reasons you do. Authors I am already reading may put int a story that catches you up on a character who hasn’t made it into a full novel but who you did want to know more about. I also check out the other authors’ books if I liked their stories in the anthology. They are the right length of a story before going to sleep too. Keep on putting stories in anthologies so we keep on reading you
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I would love to take part in some anthologies. I was asked to do one well over a year ago, but the editor hit health issues and it has stalled out.I have, in the meantime, read a lot of them and they are so much fun. Like you said, you get a taste of new authors and I’ve definitely gone on to subscribe to mailing lists and read more of their work. That said, if you hear of anything I might be a fit for, please hook a brother up.
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Hi Jay! Are you a member of this facebook group? https://www.facebook.com/groups/BoxedSetOpps/ It’s hit or miss if there’s a good opportunity. I have notifications on so I can see if any new anthologies are posted. It’s hit or miss, but if you watch, there may be something. (But if I see anything in your genre elsewhere, I’ll try to hook you up!)