Angela Hoy of WritersWeekly thinks Anthologies Are a Bad Idea
As Writersweekly is the highest circulating freelance ezine, I imagine that
many of you have read Angela Hoy's, editorial on the dangers of anthologies. She
believes anthologies are a bad idea (unless you do it yourself).
I enjoy WritersWeekly. That Angela has a lot of spunk. I'm a subscriber to
her valuable newsletter, and will continue subscribe. I do believe her opinion
does bear some consideration. If a writer focus only on Anthologies, they would
NEVER make a living writing. So even though our niche here at
www.anthologiesonline.com is obviously anthologies, you'll find articles related
to freelancing, queries and other topics that relate to the general audience of
writing. It's also why our newsletter is a monthly not weekly. Anthologies
probably shouldn't be the primary focus of a writer's career. I do believe that
it is a mistake to leave anthologies out of writers publishing opportunities.
Pulitzer winning authors, best sellers, and famous people around the world must
agree with me, because they publish in anthologies too.
Anglea wrote that most anthologies take all rights and pay nothing or little,
and offer no royalties. This has not been my experience. I've never been
required to give all rights. Some start-ups do pay nothing or little, but many
pay $100-$300 which is acceptable to me. When an individual is complaining an
anthology they generally choose a small payment or royalty sharing. I've given
reprints to some charity anthologies that I choose to support, and I feel pretty
good about it. I've also received some checks in the mail that I've felt pretty
I wrote Angela a letter to the editor, that she did not publish; perhaps I
sent it too late. I'd like to share it with you.
April 27th, 2003
I just had to write and offer another opinion about Anthologies in response to
your article, Anthologies - A Bad Deal for Writers (Unless You Do It Yourself).
First, I'm a bit biased in that my interest in Anthologies blossomed into my
website, www.AnthologiesOnline.com. Second, I believe we are both in agreement
that publishing in Anthologies is not a way to make a living.
Yet writers like Elmore Lenoard and Steven King both just published short
stories in the new Anthology "Amazing Tales."
Sebastian Junger, Annie Proulx, and Jane Smiley have published essays in
Anthologies by "Outside Magazine."
Ernest J. Gaines, Terry McMillian, Irving Wallace, Ray Bradbury all published in
"Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul."
Freelance writer Jennifer Nelson, whose work regularly appears in "Woman's Day",
"Parenting", "Fitness", "SHAPE," " Health,", "Writer's Digest" and others has
published in the "Chocolate for a Woman's Soul" Series.
AnthologiesOnline.com Featured author Nanette Thorsen-Snipes
[ http://www.anthologiesonline.com/nanette_thorsen.htm ] has sold her essay,
"The Greatest of These" eight times to different anthologies. She's had the same
experience I've had in that, she doesn't sell all rights to an anthology.
These respected authors and many others understand that Anthologies can be
terrific market for their work.
I've found that for many anthology calls, I already have pieces of writing that
I've previously published or are unfinished starts that I can adapt to fit a
call for manuscripts. I've even sold short stories that I originally wrote for
your 24-hour short story contest.
I think your readers should look at anthology markets to pump up their list of
credits, be published along side of well-known authors, and as a market to
As you suggest, it's also a great idea to publish your own anthology.
AnthologiesOnline.com recently featured an anthology, which a writing group from
Monterey compiled. [http://www.anthologiesonline.com/Monterey%20Shorts.htm] They
were lucky enough to get some terrific reviews and the project is a success.
Your encouragement to consider publishing at BookLocker would make an anthology
easier to put together than attempting to use a large publishing house.
While Anthologies are likely not a path to riches, I believe that many writers
would do themselves a disservice by omitting anthology markets from their
Writers, do what is right for you, and three cheers for different opinions
and a free press. If you have an opinion on this issue, please post it on our