I was on a trip last June when I received an e-mail inviting me to be in an anthology. I was thrilled and excited to be asked. The other two writers are ones I respect and like. One I love, since she is my sister!
Together we started our journey. Each of us would write two short stories, ten thousand words each. Each of us would have our own works edited. Then merge the stories together, format and e-pub. Easy, peasy right?
From one partner: I learned that turning a 1500 word short story into a 10,000 word short story is as difficult as writing a 10,000 word short story from scratch
Myself I did the stories both ways too, and found writing a new story from scratch much easier.
We have had some unexpected obstacles along the way. The biggest obstacle I would say is that we live far apart. Not being able to communicate in person only through e-mail, is a draw back. Using e-mail, as my grandson pointed out, there is no emotion and comments can be taken the wrong way.
We did meet once at Detroit Lake for a few hours to hammer out some details. We discussed among other things the following:
What should go on the cover & who our cover designer would be: http://duvalldesign.wordpress.com/ Karen Duvall is an excellent designer,
Which editor to use: firstname.lastname@example.org Kelly Schaub, wonderful to work with,
Publicity-bookmarks or trading cards.
Most things were worked out and jobs were assigned.
Here’s what I’ve learned from this experience. I’ve learned I can write a lot faster than I thought. Trying to learn a new formatting program, Jutoh, can be difficult.
The three of us using the same editor is really a great idea that way the editing style is carried throughout the anthology.
Working with two other women can be fun, but not always easy.
Today I was supposed to present our cover on this blog. Not going to happen. Three women, three different ideas what it should look like.
The cover is still in production. (Check back at a later date.)
Would I collaborate on another anthology? Yes. Each time we’ll learn a more about the process and each time will be easier.
Have you ever collaborated on a book anthology, on a craft show or anything else? What did you learn?