Wavin’ atchya, WG2E-Land!
Today, we’ve got Meredith Bond, a fabulous member of our Beach Book Blast Team, here to tell us about her experiences working on their new Anthology.
Take it away, Merry…
Thank you so much for having me here, today, D.D.!
I’m here to share with you all my experience in putting together the anthology, Tales From The Mist.
It’s an amazing anthology filled with exquisitely written stories – and I can say this despite the fact that one of them is my own, because it’s what every reviewer who has read it, so far, has said. We have gotten the most consistently amazing comments from everyone who has read this book. Naturally, I’m absolutely thrilled by this, but not very surprised because I know what a terrific group of people the authors of this anthology are – having worked with them closely for the past three months.
Has every minute of every email been a joy? No. Has it worked out really well in the end? 100% yes! Would I work with these people again? In a heartbeat.
First, I have to say, that nothing would have gotten done without the brilliant leadership of Rhonda Hopkins. She reminded us of everything we needed to do and guided us with a sure hand through the entire process – and that wasn’t easy!
Eleven people is a large number of people to corral, especially when we’re strewn, literally, around the world. We have authors from New York to Texas to California and many places in between, not to mention one in Australia and another in Malta. But Rhonda kept us on track and moving forward.
The beautiful thing about working with such a diverse group of brilliant writers is that we each brought our own experience to the table. Marty Young has participated in anthologies before and lent us his expertise. Stacey Joy Netzel is a well-established indie-author who gave freely of her knowledge (and ISBN numbers). Greg Carrico is a brilliant writer of not only horror stories, but blurbs as well. Catie Rhodes, while new to the world of publishing was right there, the entire time, chipping in with her excellent common sense and hard work. Natalie G. Owens is a lawyer and gave us free and extremely helpful legal advice when we were putting together the contract. Cate Dean was not only helpful contributing her own expertise, but gave us our cover artist who did an amazing job with the cover. Tamara Ward, Mitzi Flyte and Lizzie Starr all contributed their thoughts and sometimes brilliant ideas into the mix as well.
This anthology is something from which we can all stand back and feel extremely proud. We did it. We did it as a group. We worked with each other as a community of equals, pooling our individual strengths, to create something of beauty. Some days were easier than others. For some tasks it was easier to get consensus. Others were more difficult and took some haranguing . Sometimes we had to go ahead without Marty’s input from Australia simply because of the time difference – that’s how fast we moved on some issues. But it worked and I, for one, am thrilled and, yes, amazed that eleven people could co-produce a book.
My thanks to you all!
The book is listed for sale, even though we have not reached our official launch date yet. We did, however, want to have it available for reviewers and anyone else who stumbled upon it or read about it in a blog posting (like this one). You can find it at Amazon (http://amzn.to/WjkmBv), Barnes & Noble (http://bit.ly/Sp5aEk) and Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/239235). Soon you’ll find it at Kobo, ARe, Apple, and on Amazon in POD.
And now it’s your turn, WG2E-Land. Let us know your thoughts on Anthologies and your experiences in taking part in putting them together.
The Best of Author Collaboration Wishes — Meredith Bond
Meredith Bond is both a traditionally published and self-published author of romance novels. The Merry Men Quartet is a series of traditional Regency romances published eons ago (2004, 2005) by Zebra. More recently, she’s moved into self-publishing. She teaches writing at Frederick Community College in the continuing ed department and has the greatest time doing so. She’s a proud member of our WG2E Street Team and the Beach Book Blast Team.