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25 January 2010 @ 10:50 am
a quick poll  
Apropos of a discussion with a friend earlier this morning, I am asking the writers on my friends list the following question: Why do you participate in short story anthologies?

I'd have made it a weighted thing if I could figure out how, but LJ doesn't seem to support a "in descending order of importance" poll option, so I'm just asking the same question 3 times in a row so people can choose the top 3 things that drive them toward participating in anthologies. :)

I participate in anthologies for the chance

to get paid for writing a short story
3(13.6%)
to be in a book with cool people
4(18.2%)
to do something I probably wouldn't otherwise
8(36.4%)
to try to reach new audiences for my writing
7(31.8%)
other to be essplained in comments
0(0.0%)

I participate in anthologies for the chance

to get paid for writing a short story
4(19.0%)
to be in a book with cool people
7(33.3%)
to do something I probably wouldn't otherwise
1(4.8%)
to try to reach new audiences for my writing
8(38.1%)
other to be essplained in comments
1(4.8%)

I participate in anthologies for the chance

to get paid for writing a short story
7(33.3%)
to be in a book with cool people
4(19.0%)
to do something I probably wouldn't otherwise
4(19.0%)
to try to reach new audiences for my writing
3(14.3%)
other to be essplained in comments
3(14.3%)

I participate in polls for the chance

to click the ticky boxes
28(100.0%)
 
 
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R. Stuartwood_dragon on January 25th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
As a writer who has not yet published a novel, anthologies are a way to build a little recognition in the field.
kitmizkit on January 25th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
Ah hah! See, I knew I'd missed at least one excellent reason to participate in anthologies! :)
camilla_annacamilla_anna on January 25th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
What Wood_dragon said. My first published fiction was in an anthology.
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kitmizkit on January 25th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
*laughs*! Yes, see? I *did* forget good obvious answers. ;)
dqg_nealdqg_neal on January 25th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
I voted from the write side of my brain, instead of the editor side... which usually would have had answers such as:

"To make writers jump through hoops."
"To see how many name authors verbally abuse me after hearing the concept."
"To find some new wonderful insults to add to my vocabulary."


AS A WRITER:
"My ego requires a little more stroking, and I might actually get my name on the cover."
"I'm still in instant gratification mode, I like to see my work released before the year is up."
"After I pester enough editors, they may have sympathy for me and take my drivel."
"More options to cause the reader's eyes to bleed."



Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on January 25th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
4 loops back to 1:

- to try to reach new audiences for my writing so I'll be more likely to get paid for writing a short story in the future
desperancedesperance on January 25th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Short stories are all kinds of wonderful. They give technical stretching-room, and the opportunity sometimes to explore the darker corners of novels, or that untilled space between one novel and another; they satisfy a different creative urge, the opportunity to explore one sharp idea without all the ramifications of length; they can work like exercise, almost like a throttle and a brake, getting you up to speed for a book and then slowing you down again after, when the next big project is not in question but you're too twitchy to do nothing. Mostly, though, short stories are another form of fiction, sui generis, and I write them because they're there to be written, and if I don't who else is going to? All else is subordinate to that. It's nice to be published, it's nice to share bookspace with cool writers, it's nice to be paid - but none of those matters. I have stories written - recent stories, not juvenilia - that I've never even sent out to a market yet. That'll come, probably, sooner or later, but it's not the issue.