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Important Anthology Changes

Renee Stevens

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Okay, so it's almost bedtime for me, but I wanted to get this out so that everyone knew some of the stuff going on before the upcoming anthology deadline.

Author Incentives

Participation was down for the last anthology. After some discussion, it has been decided to offer some author incentives. Incentives seemed a good way to possibly encourage authors to participate. After the final set of anthologies has been posted for the spring anthology, I will be doing a drawing. Authors get a single entry for each story that appears in the anthology. We will then draw three names (most likely using the site random.org), and the winners of the drawing will receive the following:

  • 1st name drawn: 6 Month Premium Membership
  • 2nd name drawn: 3 Month Premium Membership
  • 3rd name drawn: 1 Month Premium membership

If you are already a subscriber, the membership can extend your current membership or you can donate it to a member of your choice.

 

10,000 Word + Stories

We tried this for the last anthology and it seemed to go over well. It makes a little more work on my part, but I'm willing to do it again if authors are interested. However, I am going to post a few guidelines here to hopefully curb some of the questions that I got the last anthology. First we'll look at word counts.

  • 10,000 - 14,999 Words: Up to 2 chapters and a 2 week release schedule
  • 15,000 - 19,999 Words: Up to 3 chapters and a 3 week release schedule
  • 20,000 - 25,000 Words: Up to 4 chapters and a 4 week release schedule

Now, lets look at posting guidelines if you choose this option. Everything for regular anthologies also apply to the delayed posting option, but the following also applies:

  • The entire story has to be proof read at the same time. You cannot send each chapter separately to the proof team.
  • The entire story must be posted in GA Stories at one time. Once I move the story to the anthology category, you are unable to edit it to add chapters.
  • No extensions can be offered if you use the delayed posting option. The story, in it's entirety, must be ready to start posting when the first set of stories are set to release.
  • Stories using the delayed posting option can be set to in progress, but you must let Renee know
  • When you post your link, you MUST include that you wish it to be posted with a delayed posting schedule, the word count, and the number of chapters. This ensures that I know how many weeks it will need to post and that the number of chapters correlate to the word counts set for each option.

 

Supplying Links

In the past, I have created two threads. One for discussion and one for links. I have changed that up this time around. The main thread can be used for discussions and questions relating to the anthology. This go around, I have created two other threads, one for each anthology theme. This was done to ensure that I know which theme your story is meant for. Please post your story link in the appropriate thread. Your story WILL appear in whichever theme you posted your link. I've provided the links below.

If you have any other questions regarding the anthology or these new guidelines, please don't hesitate to ask below or send me a PM.

Happy Writing!!!!!

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Question. Should multi-chapter anthology entries be marked as complete like other entries, or in process with you changing it at the end? Some of us who did this last time posted as in process, to avoid people thinking the story was done when it wasn't, while others marked as complete as per the normal anthology guidelines (and there was some confusion from readers because of it, if I'm not mistaken). It would be nice to have clarification on how to do it in the guidelines. :) 

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I thought the chapters worked well although I appreciate it makes more of a job for you. It meant I got two lots of comments on a very different piece, although readership did drop off significantly after the first chapter. Again, subject matter may have played its part. I sincerely hope I won't need to take advantage of this option this time around. ;)  :lol:

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On 1/30/2020 at 6:42 AM, Thorn Wilde said:

Question. Should multi-chapter anthology entries be marked as complete like other entries, or in process with you changing it at the end? Some of us who did this last time posted as in process, to avoid people thinking the story was done when it wasn't, while others marked as complete as per the normal anthology guidelines (and there was some confusion from readers because of it, if I'm not mistaken). It would be nice to have clarification on how to do it in the guidelines. :) 

Everyone put them as in progress last time, and that's fine, the author just needs to let me know.

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2 hours ago, Renee Stevens said:

Everyone put them as in progress last time, and that's fine, the author just needs to let me know.

I seem to recall @CassieQ didn’t, but I may be mistaken. Anyway, thanks for the response, and your hard work around the anthologies. :) 

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3 hours ago, Thorn Wilde said:

I seem to recall @CassieQ didn’t, but I may be mistaken. Anyway, thanks for the response, and your hard work around the anthologies. :) 

I think I did mark it as complete, as a reader commented on it.

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