Making Your Own Short Story Anthology

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Decide On A Theme:


Here is where a little bit of research can help get you started. Take a
trip down to your local library, bookstore, or even your own book shelf
and take a good look at the short story anthologies that are there. You
may notice that most of the best ones are centered around a theme, such
as “the best short fiction from writers under 25” or “the best fly
fishing short stories” or something of the sort. The latter is a great
example of a niche that can really work well because it may be
unexplored and has a devoted following. Whatever you end up deciding
your them will be, do your best to make sure it is something that your
audience will enjoy and that there is a market for.


If you are creating an anthology of your own work, of course, then you
yourself are the theme. Put your finished, well-edited stories in an
order you like. It could be chronological, for instance, but it is best
to place your best work at the beginning of the anthology.


Asking For Submissions:


There are a few ways to go about this, but to do any of them well, you
should first set up an attractive website that your prospective
contributors can visit and see what the parameters are. In order to get
visitors to your site, you should join and contribute to as many online
writer’s forums as you can find. Take a little bit of time to introduce
yourself and gain a little bit of trust, then let them know that you
are putting together an anthology and looking for submissions.


The website should contain the following information: the theme,
expected length of the stories, and deadline. Let the writers know how
and if they will be compensated. Be ready for a flood of submissions,
and to have a tactful way to inform the writers whose stories you are
rejecting that they will not be included.


Organizing The Book:


There is no hard and fast rule here, but as alluded to above, you will
want to put the best two to three stories in the beginning of the book.
Save one of the better ones that remain for last.


As the curator and editor, you should write a nice introduction that
explains your theme and that thanks the writers. At the end of the
book, create a biography page where each of your writers has included a
bio and, if there is enough space, a thumbnail photo.


Binding:


When it comes to printing and binding, there are a few different
choices, depending on the scale of your project. Printing should be
high-quality laser. As far as binding, you will probably want to go
with a hardcover or softcover look. These types of books are bound in
what in known as “thermal” binding machines. These machines are
remarkably easy to use and inexpensive as well, so if you are going to
be doing a lot of publishing, and have a do it yourself spiritFind Article, you may enjoy the savings and flexibility of owning your own binding machine.

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