Hopefully you all recall when the Indelibles put out the In His Eyes anthology for Valentine's Day (the cover is on the right side of this page. Yep, right there --> Remember now?) All of the stories were short snippets about love from a guy's point of view.
Since then, I was lucky enough to be selected to write for another anthology. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES, a charity anthology, came out on Tuesday. In it, all the authors took a Mother Goose nursery rhyme and spun in into a dark YA short story. The experience was awesome and really forced me to work outside of my comfort zone. (I had Hey Diddle, Diddle, so my main characters were a laughing dog, fiddle-playing cat and moon-jumping cow. Tell me that's not a challenge.)
I confess, though, I do worry that readers will pick up the anthology to catch a glimpse of their favorite authors and my story will sit, unread, like yesterday's newspaper. On the flip side, I also worry what will happen if my story is read. My short story is COMPLETELY different from Destined. You know how everyone always tells you to write within your genre? The best I could do was build my short story around mythology (although it draws upon Egyptian lore whereas Destined is Greek mythology). So I also worry that readers who might like my short story will pick up Destined and be expecting something different.
[Aside: if you're curious about my short story, "I Come Bearing Souls," you can catch a peek at some of my inspiration pictures on my Pinterest Board.]
I know it's normal to be fearful when you try something new. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and all of that. And in the end, I love that I am a part of this amazing anthology. But still I wonder ...
Readers: Do you like anthologies? Do you ever discover new authors after reading an anthology? When you read an anthology, do you read all of the stories?
Authors: Have you found value in participating in an anthology (aside from the value that you improve as a writer every time you craft a story)?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Jessie Harrell is the author of Destined, a YA reimagining of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche (on sale for $.99 for Kindle and Nook). Her newest story, "I Come Bearing Souls," will appear in the TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES anthology. You might say she has a healthy obsession with mythology.
She lives in sunny Florida and is longing for some cooler weather and changing leaves. She's pretty sure she's out of luck.
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