New Year Planning Stories and Pitches for Success

New Year Planning Stories and Pitches for Success
January 5, 2018 No Comments » Writing Advice Barbara Tyree

“It’s another new year !”

Tis the season again, and it’s the first week of January, 2018. Perhaps by now the decorations have been taken down and stored away for next year. Now it’s time to get in the groove and organize your writing schedule, planning your novel ideas; it’s imperative to have some idea as to how you want your story to begin, unless you are one of those who just wing it and figure things out at the end. Whatever system works well for one person, however may not work for another. There are those of us who have to have at least some organization. You may even consider submitting to an anthology. Anthologies are extremely popular. (OWS Ink has published several, and for 2018 they have a poetry anthology and a Cinderella Re-telling, learn more here!)

 “Oh my…where do I begin?”

There are many places to submit to for anthologies, in all genres. And if you want to explore possibilities going outside your normal genre, you can test the waters, so to speak. See if that is your forte or not. For starters, Chicken Soup For the Soul, has been around for many years and is very popular. They  pay $200 for heartwarming stories and $100 for poems. “Love and Bubbles” Anthology has open calls for Under-the-Sea-Romance Stories; price ranging from $50-$300 per story. It involves love stories centered around underwater, alien planets, NOT on the sea, LGBTQ+ characters are encouraged and stories must have a happy ending. No tragic endings. Word length 5K. Publishing date will be August 2018. There’s also Zombies Need Brains, LLC.; “The Razor’s Edge, a military F&F anthology, in which will feature stories exploring heroes and villians, with a range of moods from funny to devious to dangerously dark. Length 6000 words. Guilds and Glaives Anthology needs sword and sorcery stories including dark magic. Length 6000 words.

 “So why should I consider writing for an anthology?”

Perhaps you write poetry, short stories, or maybe you only write novels. You’re wondering, “why would writing for an anthology be beneficial for me?”  On Our Write Side’s Website, Stephanie Ayers wrote an article, “5 Important Reasons Why Submissions Matter: Exposure vs. Pay”; if you are a new to the writing world, or Indie writer, it is sometimes difficult to get your work out to the public. In order to do that, you need to attract those readers. Now, as a writer, I am constantly looking for books and seeking those Indie writers because even though they may not have had the exposure like say Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or James Patterson; there are some fantastic Indie writers! So in order to get that exposure, to get those followers, seek out those anthologies. Believe me, there are many of them to choose from and in many different genres! This will also help improve your writing and we can all use that in order to continue to grow in our profession we love and enjoy so much.

  “No, you won’t get rich…but there’s the satisfaction that you’ve been a part of some great creativity.

Writing for anthologies can bring in some in money, it may not be much; then again you may not receive any money at all. That being the case, you could look upon that as being a stepping stone to getting more recognition. More recognition, means you increase your followers, which will hopefully lead you to a successful writing career. Your followers will want more of your work, they will recommend your books to their friends and so on.

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Have questions about anthologies? Let us know in the comments below!

Barbara Tyree is the author of the soon-to-be published mystery/thriller novel Dangerous Liaisons and is in the process of perfecting the final drafts of three other novels including the sequel to Dangerous Liaisons.

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