Astute readers of the blog will notice that there’s a new page on the Home screen. It’s titled “The Write Free or Die Anthology.” We have no idea what this is about and will get the authorities involved as soon as we catch the vandal who posted this.
But, coincidentally, there actually is going to be a WFoD Anthology – w00t!
So there was sizable interest indicated in the survey for some sort of group anthology. I’m excited to be part of this because I’ve seen so many good writers in our group, and I want show us off! I’ll be posting more soon, but for now, here’s the basics:
Our extremely talented graphics person Jennifer is going to be handling, well, the graphics and layout. If you haven’t seen her work, ask for samples — it’s seriously professional looking stuff.
What: We’re going to put together a general anthology of submissions of WFoD member’s work. It’s going to be YOOGE.
When: For now we’re shooting to have a final product come out in early June-ish, 2020, possibly a little earlier depending on production schedules.
Submissions? We are seeking submissions from any and all WFoD members by March 1, 2020. There will be a vetting committee process, but there’s a lot of time between now and March 1, so maybe consider submitting any work you’re thinking about for the anthology to the regular WFoD group between then and now for feedback and polishing.
Legalese: So there’s this thing in the publishing world where publishers — hardcopy and online — usually don’t like to publish works already published elsewhere. There is some gray area about what exactly constitutes “published,” but most publishers take the most extreme interpretations. This is just something to think about when you submit; there is a chance that something “published” in our anthology may mean other real publishers won’t even consider it. Maybe, for instance, consider polishing up some Flash Fiction pieces you otherwise weren’t going to publish? Just a thought.
How much? There is zero profit motive; this is all about putting some of our stuff in the lime light. I don’t know the exact cost now but it will only be to cover production costs, most likely <$20. Possibly much less. We’re trying to get to that sweet spot between “Purty & spit-shine polished” and affordable. One thought floated was to distribute some copies to local libraries. Think about it.
Help? We’ll need some folks willing to be on the vetting committee, as well as possibly some copyeditors. We’ll supply the red pens. Please contact me (Tomek) if you’re interested.
Contact: Per Dean: “Questions, queries, comments, criticisms, advice, scurrilous innuendo should all be directed to [Tomek].” You know where to find me, in the 3rd garbage can from the end in the alley. Otherwise: tomek.e.jankowski [“at” symbol here] gmail.com
Otherwise, please watch this space for updates! Thanks!
A thought on the publishing worries – Our Anthology can take things or parts of things that have already been published (if the author still has rights/permissions to publish it elsewhere (I don’t know the legals of that)). We put in a note about where the piece was first published and that could lead readers to the larger piece.
it occurs to me that since we chose the target release date in order to (more or less) coincide with the seventh anniversary of the founding of WFoD, we should make this inaugural edition of the anthology “Number Seven” so people will think they’ve stumbled onto something that’s been going on for all that time and how in the world had it escaped their notice? Or we could just use “Number Seven” as the title of the anthology series, so the first one would be “Number Seven, #1.”
WFOD vol. 1
We don’t want people waiting for vol 2 of “Number Seven”. Vol 2 will actually be called “Number Eight”.
Sign me up for whatever floor needs sweeping.