Jodi Cleghorn writes over at the eBook Revolution to give advice and tips on how to create your own anthology or small press.
Disclosure! I know Jodi in the ‘Real World’ and she publishes my middle grade philosophical adventure novel, ‘The Machine Who Was Also a Boy‘. I also have a story in her collaborative anthology, ‘From Stage Door Shadows.‘ However, I don’t just endorse her because she holds power over me, no sir/ma’am; she legitimately knows her stuff:
In 2008 I wanted to know if it was possible for ten writers to write ten interconnected stories. The idea was for each author to pull a minor character from the [preceding] story for their protagonist and join the two stories with a common event. The end product would be a circular anthology.
Jodi breaks down the entire process into the following sections:
- The Benefit of Digital Anthologies
- Financial Concerns – What Are The Costs?
- How To Articulate The Theme Or Concept
- How Do You Choose The Authors?
- Making Collaboration Work!
- Ensure Quality
- Production Issues To Watch Out For
- Take Your Time – Don’t Reinvent The Wheel
It’s a very detailed article, so definitely read through if you’re thinking about venturing in this professional direction – you’ll avoid a lot of problems. Read it all here: http://ebookrevolution.com.au/2014/04/how-to-create-your-own-writers-group-anthology-or-small-press/