Lessons from Experience with Anthologies

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January 2012
by Kimberly A. Edwards

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When Suzanne Kamata talks about anthologies, she cites conventional wisdom: Anthologies are a tough sell; readers don’t buy them; reviewers avoid them; agents don’t gain; and publishers retreat. Nevertheless, requests for anthology submissions flourish, according to Kamata, editor of three anthologies (the latest, Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering from Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing)

As dissemination portals expand and publishers think more about repurposing content, compilations draw breath in fresh places. Boutiques, restaurants, airports, hotel counters, and Web sites offer lodging to anthologies.

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