Like most writers, being published by a “traditional publisher” had been a goal of mine for a number of years. But, most major publishers today are typically seeking big-name celebrities or writers with cult-like followings to assign contracts, for a greater return on their investment and resources.
Heck, even writers with Pulitzer Prize potential can go “undiscovered” and unpublished in the current writing climate; if their platforms are not big or solid enough.
So, I tried the backdoor approach to gain entry. To get around this, I have opted to participate in various anthology projects. These are creative collaborations of short stories and poems by different authors usually on a common theme. The most popular one of which you may be familiar is “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”
Here’s the back story to today’s story. A few years ago, there was a call for submissions for stories for inclusion in Simon and Schuster’s “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart” Series. I sent my work, crossed my fingers and ended up being published in about a half a dozen different titles. It was a great experience that yielded the following:
- Free copies of the books that included my work
- Pay (for some of the books)
- Travel and networking opportunities
- Book signings at the Borders Bookstore in my local area
- A publishing credit from a “major” publisher
Chicken Soup for the Soul has several ongoing themes.
See them here:
And wait...it gets even better. In 2016, my success was duplicated when my “how-to” on branding was chosen by Adams Media for inclusion in “The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook” by Yuwanda Black, along with some other publishing big wigs.
I have yet to sell an entire manuscript to a traditional publisher, but until I do, I still have the “bragging rights” and benefits afforded big time authors. And I am proud as a peacock.
Please note: Pen and Prosper will be on a brief spring break until May 1, 2019.
I look forward to reconnecting then (as I count down to my 10 yr. blog anniversary)!
See you soon.
Thoughts? Have you participated in any of these anthology projects?
Would you recommend it?
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