He began developing his own story inspired by the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
One of these alternatives is the inspirational anthology, which is typically a collection of short, true-to-life stories that carry the reader into a more comforting, nostalgic or spiritual world. The proliferation of inspirational anthologies in bookstores attests to the popularity that this genre has achieved in recent years.
These easy to pick up and put down collections fill a need in our fast-paced society for many people who only have time to enjoy a "quick read", but they are also favorites of many other readers. The growing market for anthologies has opened up new opportunities for publishers, editors, and writers.
The writers always receive compensation of one kind or another; if not money, at least recognition and building up of credentials.
Five years ago, we decided to put our experience as writers and editors to work on an anthology that turned out to be an exciting, but very challenging, endeavor.
Challenging, because we had no specific guidelines to go by; we learned as we went. However, now, as the co-editors of an anthology published by iUniverse in DecemberThe Simple Touch of Fate, we would like to share with you what we have learned about compiling and editing such a collection.
Choosing a theme for your anthology Choose a theme for your anthology by researching the anthologies already on the market. A logical starting point is your local library. Not only will this give you an opportunity to check out and read some anthologies, but you can review Books in Print for a comprehensive listing of anthologies that have been published to date.
For a look at the latest anthologies, visit the large book stores in your area. And, of course, your most valuable tool may be the Internet: Once you are familiar with what is on the market, it is time to put your creative energies to work to come up with your theme.
The three anthologies that we first mentioned above are intended in some way to give the reader renewed faith in humankind. The titles presage the theme inherent in the stories by evoking warm feelings of family and home -- the soothing smell and taste of chicken soup prepared by a loving mother, the sharing of a cup of hot tea with a dear friend, the feelings of well-being engendered by the rich taste of chocolate.
Perhaps you have a special interest or hobby that can be the focus of an anthology, such as history, sports, or travel. This story made Arlene think about a fateful event where her own life was saved, and led to the idea of an anthology involving fate.
Going it alone or with a partner? Decide whether you prefer to work on your anthology project by yourself, or with a partner. Maybe you are the type of person who likes to have total control and has the time to do all the necessary work on your own, such as calling for submissions, reviewing the stories you receive, contacting agents and publishers, and one of the most time-consuming tasks of all, editing and proofreading the stories you choose for your collection.
On the other hand, as we found out, it can be more emotionally satisfying to share the workload, the frustrations, and the successes with another person. Unless you are a well-known author or have a track record, such as the Chicken Soup series or spin-offs, you will need to prepare at least a proposal and sample stories, and possibly a complete manuscript, to get the attention of an agent or publisher.
Of course, if you are self-publishing, this is not an issue. Who will write the stories? Are you going to write the stories, edit the stories written by contributors, or a combination of both?
For the most part, in The Simple Touch of Fate, we used stories by other writers, but we also wrote stories based upon our own experiences and "as told to" us.
The newsletters allowed us to post our calls for submissions at a nominal, or even no, charge. We also actively pursued stories by word of mouth, and by following up on current news stories that had a fate theme, either to reprint them or to interview the principals, and then write our own stories.
E-mail addresses change, so be sure your contributors give you their home and work addresses and telephone numbers, and additionally, a back-up contact, in case you have problems finding them.Gun - The Complete Six Film Anthology Write a review.
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An anthology has the power to magnify the voices of its contributors much like the device of a Greek Chorus in a play. The Chorus is the mouthpiece for the audience clarifying the theme of the play, adding commentary, asking questions, and narrating the action. Legendary composer John Williams will not be scoring the forthcoming Han Solo anthology, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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