Did you know that in publishing etiquette it is an honour to be not just first, but also last in a publication of multiple pieces?
Did you also know that anthologies are great places to read stories by new and established authors, and that there are so many specialised anthologies now it can be hard to choose which to read?
Well, you’re in luck! If your book taste du jour includes 100-word (or ‘drabble’) stories about dragons, I’ve an anthology for you: Wyrms, edited by Eric Fomley, published by Shacklebound Press on July 1st this year. My story, Drákōn, features as the final tale (or tail, if you like puns). Inspired by the etymology of the word dragon, Drákōn tells of a woman whose eyes gain scales and limbs grow fins…
Why so many anthology publications recently, you might ask me? This wonderful article at SF Gate, though nearly nine years old, serves as a showcase of numerous anthology authors, editors, and reviewers musing on the importance of anthologies. I’ve taken a quote from one author below, but you might like to read all the opinions. I agree with almost all of them. 🙂
Anthologies are a good way of showcasing writing talent. They can be useful for writers in the same way as magazines. For upcoming writers, having a story published in an anthology may be the first time they have worked with a professional (or at least, professionally-minded) editor, and the feedback from editor, readers and reviewers can be invaluable. For established writers, anthologies can be a way to keep their hand in with short fiction, and stay in touch with their readers during the lull between novels. For readers, anthologies are good way of staying abreast of the current state of the genre, allowing them to sample short works by authors that are new to them. In many cases, I have gone on to buy novels by writers I’ve discovered in anthologies.Gareth L. Powell
I hope you choose to read the new anthology, and that you enjoy the stories within. Do let me know your thoughts.
What is your favourite anthology? I’d love to know – and perhaps read some new stories from new and favourite authors. Comment below or email me via the Contact form! 🙂