Monday, January 28, 2019

Top Ten Reasons to be in an Anthology - and Masquerade Cover!

Anthologies – multiple authors, short stories, little or no royalties – why would you want a story in one?

We’ll give you ten reasons why!

1 – Exposure – we are exposed to a wider range of readers
2 – Experience – we learn to work with a publisher and their team
3 – Team-building – we learn to work with other authors
4 – Platform-building – it gives us an author credit so we can build our platform
5 – Good writing exercise – often we have to write to specs which stretches our abilities
6 – Discipline – we have to meet word counts and deadlines
7 – Validation – it demonstrates our ability to write a good story
8 – Victory – we beat out others for a place in the book
9 – A step in the right direction – we are closer to our big author goals
10 – Ego-boost – because we did it – take that, insecurity!

And why are we discussing anthologies?

Because the next IWSG anthology comes out April 30 and this is the cover of Masquerade: Oddly Suited!

Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Release date – April 30, 2019
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644
EBook ISBN 9781939844651

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Sadly, the IWSG is losing two of its admins Lynda Young, who was second-in-command, and Joy Campbell are both stepping down. They have been with the IWSG Admin Team since the site began and will be missed. Thank you ladies for all of your help getting the IWSG to where it is today!

However, we’re not ending on a sad note - Elizabeth Seckman has joined the IWSG Admin Team! She will be in charge of the Publishers/Agents/Queries page and active on Facebook, as well as contributing to the site, the newsletter, and other areas.
Welcome to the team, Elizabeth!

Have you been in an anthology?
The next blogging post day for the IWSG is Wednesday, February 6 - see you then!


Pat Hatt said...

Great cover indeed. Nothing wrong with an ego boost by getting into one at all.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Those are all excellent reasons to be in an anthology.

Welcome to the team, Elizabeth.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome Elizabeth and a great cover!

L.G. Keltner said...

Those are all great reasons! I'm sure Elizabeth will be a wonderful addition to the team!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Welcome Elizabeth!
Great cover!

Juneta key said...

Welcome Elizabeth! Great cover, and congrats to the winners!

Nick Wilford said...

Welcome, Elizabeth! Another great anthology on the way.

cleemckenzie said...

Great news all around!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great cover. And thanks so much for helping out, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Yay, it's me! LOL. Excited to be part of the team.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - thanks for reminding us all of the benefits of publication, anthologies and the IWSG members ... I love the cover - so interesting - cheers and good luck to the release in April - Hilary

Heather M. Gardner said...

So excited about the new anthology!!
Congrats to everyone involved!

Great working with you Lynda and Joy!

Welcome, Elizabeth!


Anonymous said...

That is a fun cover!

Sherry Ellis said...

Those are all great reasons to be in an anthology! Sounds like there are some good stories in the next one. Fun cover!

Sorry to hear the Lynda and Joy are stepping down. Big thanks to them for all their work. Elizabeth is an awesome addition!

Gina Gao said...

This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks to Elizabeth for stepping up to the plate and to Lynda and Joy for all their hard work and contributions.

YOU have a productive, creative and pleasant day, Di.

SpacerGuy said...

You'll no doubt enjoy and reap the rewards as a dedicated administrator. Qapla!