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Contributing to anthologies
Posted - 5/9/2013 4:53:55 PM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
Can anyone advise how I can get involved with an anthology to contribute -- I have read several collections of personal essays (eg Publisher's Weekly-starred anthology, Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting It, Giving It, Loving It, Missing It) which was edited my the fabulous MB teacher Paula Derrow, but have no idea how to connect with people to get involved. I am a non-fiction essay writer, much like the above books' essays, and have published on topics about love, parenting, luxury lifestyle, etc.
I welcome direction...
Posted - 5/9/2013 9:29:43 PM | show profile | flag this post
I've had my essays in several anthologies.. in two cases,
I saw ads- I think one was in P&W- and I submittted
and got accepted. But the topics were very specific. In
another case, a website that published many of my
essays was doing an anthology. You have to look for
opportunities. Also, editors ask writers they know to
contribute, so be out there mixing and networking.
Posted - 5/10/2013 1:07:52 PM | show profile | flag this post
Posted - 5/10/2013 1:42:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
Did you ask Paula for advice on this while you took her class?
Posted - 5/16/2013 9:05:13 PM | show profile | flag this post
I took her class well before the book came out -- hadn't considered this at that time.
Posted - 5/21/2013 1:37:02 PM | show profile | flag this post
Anthologies to Consider
I've had success with Chicken Soup for the Soul (chickensoup.com which pays $200 a story) and Not Your Mother's Book (publishingsyndicate.com which pays royalties or free copies). Also check out dancingwithbear.com. They always list calls for their anthologies. Good luck!