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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

HOW BEING IN AN ANTHOLOGY CAN BE A GREAT MARKETING TOOL


It's a hard row to hoe these days for the Indie Author.

A way to get your work out there to be seen by a wider audience 

than your own book can afford is to be accepted into an anthology.

Anthologies collect smaller works and package them into a single volume.

 For fiction, these are collections of short stories sharing a common genre.

Your story will be seen by fans of your fellow authors. 

 And theirs will be seen by yours.



A blog has been started for the IWSG Anthology:   

I cannot claim an atom of credit. 

Renee Cheung has crafted much of it.  Give her a hand, will you?  Better yet, pay the site a visit.

But remember it is a work in progress.  

Roam around and get to know us and our stories.

Yesterday was the cover reveal for most of us 

 Sarah Foster | Hero Lost Cover Reveal!! 
Jen Chandler | Drum Roll Please
L. Diane Wolfe | Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life & The Remnant Book Tour 
Alex J Cavanaugh | Hero Lost Anthology & More

Erika Beebe  | https://erikabeebe.com/
Renee Cheung | The IWSG Anthology Cover Reveal
Yvonne Ventresca | Cover Reveal for Hero Lost 

And Ellen Jacobson who thought of this idea for the roll call of links:
 http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/

(the ghost of Mark Twain is still chuckling over the hot water I landed myself in -- he says it will help keep my reputation clean!)


Cover Reveals are fine but are becoming overdone, don't you think? 

What we anthologists (I made up that name myself though Mark Twain claims credit for it) need

are NEW, ENGAGING, and ENTERTAINING ways 

to get the attention of the larger world of the internet beyond the ghetto of Author Blogs.

Of course like a typical male, I haven't a clue!

Which is why I am writing this post to do what most males hate to do:

Ask for directions!

Can any of you, my friends out there, think of a fun method in which 

my fellow anthologists and I can garner attention for the IWSG ANTHOLOGY?

L. Diane Wolfe is footing the bill for this book, 

so the least we anthologists can do is pull our weight or at least ask for help in tugging the darn rope!

All the old methods are becoming frayed. 

When tugging on ropes stopped helping in the past, the pulley was invented.

What we anthologists need right now is for you to come up with that pulley.

So if any of you out there can think of something, 

write in the comments or in the comments at the IWSG Anthology Blog.

If nothing else, 

please tell all of your friends who like fantasy that a great new fantasy anthology is coming out.

Thanks in advance, Roland


12 comments:

  1. I saw in Alex's blog that you have a story in the anthology. Congratulations! And of course I'll be checking it out.

    I wish I could give you and others ideas for promoting books, but as I've said before when it comes to marketing I the village idiot.

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  2. Hi Roland - I agree anthologies seem to be a good promotional tool - especially in the pool of authors here ... I can't offer much further help I'm afraid ... I watch - but we need to be active and get to appropriate type events to promote our books ... cheers and congratulations to Renee -for getting your website up and in preparation mode for May - cheers Hilary

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    1. May will be here before you know it! Ouch. Thanks for being my friend.

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  3. Great shout-out to Renee and the hard work she's done on setting up the site! This has definitely been a learning experience for me in terms of how to market books.

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    1. I am still learning how much I have to learn!!

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  4. Thank you very much for the shout outs! It was fun getting the site up and I can't wait until all the content is up.

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    1. Me, too! Thanks for helping me get my post up on the Anthology Site!!

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  5. Have you guys set up a Thunderclap yet?
    Will check out the new site!

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    1. I will mention that to them. Great idea, Alex!! :-)

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  6. Good questions and I echo your thanks to Renee!

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    1. Renee is a champion, isn't she? And you are not too shabby yourself. :-)

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