Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Group Anthology is Interesting Experiment

 Some of the strangest choices we make, take us on the best paths. I took a blog tour class last summer that has morphed into a group on marketing and craft that has been so helpful. Just recently they did a class on kindle formatting and that morphed into writing an anthology of short stories for the group as a hands on learning experience.

This has been a major undertaking for several in the group. I’m sad to say, I have been limited in my involvement because my back is up against a deadline for my next book. I’m ripping my book to pieces and trying to put it back together in a different order, but that is another post! However, I followed the progress with interest.

This anthology has been a learning experience. Not only did we all learn what will work for formatting for kindle and what won’t but things change without any rhyme or reason. Dani Greer, our editor and chief with help from Helen Ginger took the huge task of editing the stories. As problems occurred, they were discuss among us. The loop has been great for brainstorming information that we need like one-liner hooks: The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories.

Our book descriptions: Sweet, dreamy, steamy, sometimes slightly seamy, a multi-genre short story collection for every taste. Prepared by the BBT Cafe authors: Marian Allen, Shonell Bacon, Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, W.S. Gager, Helen Ginger, Dani Greer, S.B. Lerner, Audrey Lintner, Morgan Mandel, Maryann Miller, Bodie Parkhurst, Bob Sanchez, Mary Montague Sikes, Red Tash, Christine Verstraete.

Other brainstorming included how to get all the author names to be seen when only a max of ten authors are allowed by kindle and linking it to the Amazon Central page. While I’ve been only following the email trails of many of the discussions it has been interesting. The biggest surprise was the ramifications of publishing a book. Someone has to be on the hook to the IRS for any profits. We only wanted to create a book and give it away to showcase what we write and encourage readers to buy our novels.

Part of the original reason for the project was to determine if this is a feasible way to market our books for little or no cost, just our time. We will track our beginning numbers, daily downloads and watching the sales of each of our books during the blog tour which started Monday. It will be interesting to see what this does for our individual sales and compare them. I will report back if the data yields any interesting results. Part of why I decided to write about this was that it might be an interesting project for the Grand Rapids Writer’s Group if our results would be duplicated and positive. What do you think…

W.S. Gager has lived in Michigan for most of her life except when she was interviewing race car drivers or professional woman's golfers. She enjoyed the fast-paced life of a newspaper reporter until deciding to settle down and realized babies didn't adapt well to running down story details on deadline. Since then she honed her skills on other forms of writing before deciding to do what she always wanted with her life and that was to write mystery novels. Her main character is Mitch Malone who is an edgy crime-beat reporter always on the hunt for the next Pulitzer and won't let anyone stop him, supposedly. Her award winning books in the Mitch Malone Mystery series are A Case of Infatution, A Case of Accidental Intersection, A Case of Hometown Blues and A Case of Volatile Deeds out this fall.


Andrea Dickinson said...

Interesting idea, W.S. An anthology from GRRWG would be a hoot. What a diverse selection we'd have. :D

Joselyn Vaughn said...

A GRRWG anthology would be a lot of fun. But I hear you about the amount of work. WOW.