It has been quite the journey. There is so much to learn with respect to writing an anthology. There are other words to describe this process – editing, coordinating, compiling. Anthology is a word not many have heard of before, but it means a collection of stories/works/poems, etc. The Chicken Soup for the Soul series is a popular example of an anthology series. It is very different than writing a book about one thing, by one author. While writing and producing my upcoming anthology, Cancer Up the Wazoo, I knew I had to learn a few things, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find information on how to do it.
Has this been one of the best-kept secrets in the book-writing world?
Why couldn’t I find a book written on how to write an anthology? Sure, there were a few good articles on the internet, but not one book on the subject!
I even made a trip to the library to see what was offered there. Nada. Nothing.
While I was waiting for my contributing authors to submit their stories and contracts, I decided to put down my experience and everything I learned into an ebook format. I love writing and helping people, so I thought this was a great way to put my two loves together. This book will be an invaluable reference tool and resource for those who want to publish a collection.
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Angela G. Gentile MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker and author of the book, “Caring for a Husband with Dementia: The Ultimate Survival Guide,” “A Book About Burnout: One Social Worker’s Tale of Survival,” “How to Edit an Anthology: Write or Compile a Collection that Sells,” and the “Dementia Caregiver Solutions” app for iPhone and iPad. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and has two adult children. For more information, visit: www.AngelaGGentile.com