Writers don’t sleep. They pass out at the keyboard and wake up with a bad dose of qwertyitis and fifteen pages of ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. So really, two more nights of writing until you drop before the first anthology gets put together.
I’ll go with putting the stories grouped by author, except for a collection of 100-word shorts that I’ll fit in between stories. Confusing and hard to understand? You’d expect no less, surely?
The story groups will be in alphabetical order based on the name you use for writing, and you can’t all be Aaron A. Aardvark. Think of something different unless you want your own name on there. I’d suggest changing your name a little, if only subtly. Some employers might not like what you write, and some people are crazy bunny-boiling stalkers. Identity fraud is big these days too. It’s best not to be too easy to find. Just add an extra initial or change a letter so you’re not on page one of a Google search.
If you want to use your own name that’s okay with me. Just don’t blame me when the crazies find you.
The deadline… I have never been good with deadlines. A day or so after and I’ll still consider it. It’s not final until it goes to printing. As the saying goes, it ain’t over till the fat baby stinks. If it’s not in this one it’ll be in another one. There’s no stopping this train now.
Okay, this thing is really happening. A few weeks ago it was just an idea and now it’s actual, real work I have to do. The Christmas one is a definite too, as is the poetry book, and I’m already thinking of taking on novels.
Underdog Publications (name subject to random variations) looks like a possible winner. It would take on underdogs, those having trouble getting in to the mainstream, and give them a leg up. No author ever pays a penny, it’s not a vanity publication house. You get paid if you work for me. Could be flat rate (anthology) or royalties (novel or single author book) but you will never get a bill from this publisher.
Well, unless you want copies at author discount rate. I can do that, I’m sure, just have to work it out. Hey, I’m new at this. Could take a week or more to become expert.
I think I might have finally worked out what I want to do with my life.
Took a while…