- Know the writing of the others involved. Nothing will turn a reader off than to read two or three poorly written stories before they get to yours and not finish the book.
- If you are writing in a genre you usually write in, make sure to write it as you would any book in that genre. Use the same heat level, the same language. Make sure it sounds like your writing to give the reader a taste of your voice and style. Don’t style it to the tone of the anthology. You are trying to garner readers who will keep reading your work. If you misrepresent your writing, they may not come back for book two.
- If you are writing in someone else’s world still stay true to your voice. But if that person doesn’t write the same heat level as you, it would be a good idea to turn the chance down rather than keep that story either hot or sweet and have the reader have the wrong expectations when they read your books.
- Don’t let peers talk you into joining an anthology you know isn’t a fit for your writing. I had this happen. “It’s an excellent opportunity. You’ll get so much exposure.” It would have been an excellent opportunity, if I could have written the story to my standards. But I had to write to the standards of a sweet which misrepresented my writing to the readers of that anthology and garnered me some not so “sweet” reviews after they read my books.
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