ANTHOLOGIES: Made to order–and vetted by an editor

I’ve been meaning to post about this new market for writers and new playtoy for book lovers, but life interfered.

Remember when I said I had placed a couple of stories? Well, this is where I placed them–Anthology Builder, a new publishing concern where you can choose the short stories you want and build your own anthology, and then have it mailed to you as a print-on-demand book.

Okay, now you’re asking what keeps this from being a vanity press mess. All the stories in the pool MUST have been previously published in a paying market before the editor will even look at them. She then approves them before putting them into the pool. Not only are there stories from Lawrence Schoen and stories that were pubbed in “Realms of Fantasy,” but also there are classics like the O. Henry “Gift of the Magi” and Baum’s “Adventures of Santa Claus.” I envision college profs who come to this site someday to build anthologies for their introductory rhetoric classes. (You could use “Magi” and that Orwell essay on the language and maybe even Jackson’s “The Lottery,” assuming she gets them onto the site, for example.) But I think it would be fun to build an anthology of stories I’d read in magazines and wanted to keep.

My Splatterfairies story was in the Octoberland anthology years ago, and my Prom Night story was in the Heaven and Hell anthology next to Jody Lynn Nye’s. I have a couple of others that were published in webzines, and she may or may not take those. Still, it’s exciting to think that someone might actually read my story. If someone does pick one of my tales for an anthology, I get a dollar, or a dime, or something, credited to my account. Once I get $20, I’ll get a check. But that doesn’t matter to me. It’s the exposure I’m happy about.

If you are interested in placing some of your stories with Anthology Builder (assuming you have your rights back on the stories), go find out more at their website. There’s a place where you can read about the royalty structure, if you worry about stuff like that (translation: if you’re normal, unlike me.) I really do hope this site makes a go of it. I think this is a cool idea.

The editor also maintains a LiveJournal community at . (You could visit!)

http://www.anthologybuilder.com

She even mentioned MY story. *bliss*

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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