As a huge fan of anthologies of all kinds, I can’t help thinking that the more anthologies you write specific stories for, or include a book in, especially a first-in-series, can only help you as an author to get out there and get your books in front of the reading public. While I may be a reader of certain authors in an anthology, or have even read included stories before in ‘standalone’ form, I also find many ‘new-to-me’ authors. Some I don’t care for, and that is fine too, because they will find other readers who DO like their work. But I have very often found authors I wasn’t familiar with who I have added to my “must read” author list. If I like them enough, I will go back and buy their other works as well.
In the long run, I do believe that writing for anthologies is a wonderful thing, both for the author and for the reader. Getting your name out into the public is hard – working together allows followers of various authors to learn about new authors in their preferred genre, giving each of the contributors a “bump” in their readership. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 😉
Last year my sci-fi novella ‘Missionary’ was published in Endless Worlds Vol 1, part of an anthology of seven sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories. That was an initial release pending the issue of the full publication. And that’s out now – paperback, e-book and a very cool new cover.
The thing about anthologies is that there’s something in them for everyone. Back in the old days – well, the twentieth century, anthologies were a staple of the sci-fi world. They spun out of the buoyant ‘pulp’ magazine market of the day, typically reissuing tales that had already seen the light of day but which deserved being re-read. British publisher Victor Gollanzc pushed them out at a rate of knots, often in their trademark yellow cover, often edited by Damon Knight.
They had wide appeal because of their variety – there really…
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