With the rise of self-publishing abilities we are seeing a significant rise in anthology publishing offers and opportunities. Often writers are sought out in writing groups on facebook and other social networks and are invited to participate. Most often, writers are honored that they have been asked to include their work, and will instantly say “Yes, I’d love to”, or “I would be honored to have my work included” without taking the time to first investigate the offer.
Sadly, in most cases the writer has agreed to participate in something they know little about, all they know is their work is going to be published. No questions were asked, work was simply chosen, sent, and then the writer just waits for the outcome.
Most writers don’t take the time to think about how their work will be represented. Who will be collecting the revenue for their contribution, and the biggest question; is the publication even worthy of publishing?
Here are a list of questions you as a writer should be asking:
1. Who is publishing the book?
2. Have they published before?
3. Who will earn the royalties for said book?
4. How much will the book be sold for?
5. How will the book be distributed?
6. How will the book be marketed?
These are just the basic questions that every writer offered a place in an anthology should ask. As a writer myself, I make sure to do my due diligence and I take it even a step further because once you have been published in the book, you can’t take it back if it turns out to not be a good deal or a shady publishing. You will always be connected to that publishing, it will represent you whether you like it or not.
I instantly go to Amazon and research other anthologies offered by the person representing the anthology. I purchase a book from them if they have already published. By purchasing one of their previous publishing’s you can personally see how well their books are put together. You can also utilize the “Look Inside” option on Amazon to view a select few pages of one of their publishing’s. I personally, don’t recommend publishing with anyone whom has never published before.
Far too often, writers are not doing their due diligence and are just saying yes! This past year alone, I have seen at least ten people I am friends with announce on social media “I am so honored to have been included in this anthology” and post a link for friends and family to purchase the book. When I viewed the books, I was appalled that they felt honored to be in a book so poorly put together, or priced beyond the reach of most readers. Who publishes a book of 49 to 80 pages and asks $59.00 for it? Better question is, who is going to buy it at that cost? And whom is collecting said monies?
We, at Creative Talents Unleashed offer anthology publications several times a year. We do not charge an entry fee, or reading fee, and we present quality publications every time we publish. 100 % of our anthology royalties earned are donated to the “Starving Artist Fund” which enables writers to become published authors at zero cost to the writer. Our Three Anthologies, Love, A Four Letter Word, Unleashed, and Divided Lines brought in enough revenue for us to offer Six Authors Full Publishing Scholarships this year. Divided Lines alone, brought in nearly $500 revenue in its opening release month. I bring the details of this anthology royalty to your attention because I want you to recognize the kind of money that can be made off your work. Make sure that if you participate in an anthology that the funds aren’t being collected and kept by one person. They should be distributed, or used to assist other writers or publications. If this is not the case, and you decide to participate anyway, then know that someone else is banking on your hard work!
In short, make sure you aren’t the author that is embarrassed to have participated in a publication, simply do your homework, investigate, and know what you are getting into before you simply say “Yes!”
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Written By: Raja Williams
Ms. Raja Williams, also known as Raja’s Insight, fiercely arrived on the writer’s scene in 2012 after being awakened by a prolific poet, lyricist, songwriter, and music producer whom encouraged her to write daily. After nearly twenty years of pent up words only floating in her own head she began to allow the words to spill out onto empty pages and find way to readers needing encouraging words.
Through her own publishing process and having connected with so many amazing writers and poets from around the world Raja was moved to create a community for writers; now known as “Creative Talents Unleashed.”
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