Happy Summer! Time is flying and flying fast. I had the amazing opportunity to talk to McKensie Stewart and Amy Shannon on the podcast: The Writer’s Edge. The hour flew by and we had a great discussion about many things. One thing that we talked about was whether authors should do an anthology. An anthology is a collection of short stories that are written by various authors and put in one book.
For me, I think there are both pros and cons to this. Amy and I shared this mindset. A positive aspect of doing an anthology is that if you are new and starting out, this is a great opportunity to partner with a more well-known author in the genre that you are trying to break into. By leveraging your readers, you are given more exposure. Another positive aspect of doing an anthology is that you are not committed to a long story, instead you can write a shorter story. However, this can be a negative aspect because by writing a shorter story, you might have to cut some of the plot from the story and your readers might not be satisfied. Another negative aspect of writing an anthology is that some of the stories might be well-written while others are not, and your name will be attached to it.
The final thing to keep in mind is DO YOU HAVE THE TIME? Before you commit to anything, make sure that you look at all of the elements involved and decide if you want to add another thing to your plate. So do your research.
Back to writing!