Saturday, 7 July 2012

Anthologies? Yea or Nay?

Hello, all! I hope everyone's having a lovely summer so far! Are you suffering from the heat?

I thought I'd ask you today what you all think about anthologies. I am fortunate enough to be editing a great one that is being self-published by a group of ladies and should be available for purchase later this summer. (I'll certainly give you all the details when I have them!)

I know that some people love anthologies because they allow a reader an opportunity to sample "new-to-them" authors that they might not have found on their own. As I've heard it put, it's a great way to find a new author and then subsequently hunt down their backlist. It's a win-win all around, right?

Others, however, dislike anthologies because of the brevity of the stories. The format doesn't allow a reader to be fully immersed in the story's world, nor do they get the opportunity to really know and love the characters the way one might when reading a full-length novel.

What about you? Where do you stand on the anthology question? I suppose I'm on the fence -- I don't mind anthologies, but I do love settling in to a big, juicy book and really getting to know characters.

It's nice to know there are choices for all of us, right?

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