I am a long-time fan of anthologies. Both as a reader and as a writer.
As a reader, I enjoy anthologies because they give me the chance to try new authors-and new genres. The stories in anthologies are usually novella length, so that means that I can fit those reads in perfectly during my carpool time or right before I collapse into bed.
My keeper shelves are filled with anthologies (titles like MIRROR, MIRROR). Often, my fave anthologies share a similar theme (go, vampires!). The tales are all stand alone titles, though, so that makes reading them very easy.
As a writer, I’ve participated in numerous anthologies. I participated because being in those anthologies was a great way to attract new readers. The very first anthology I ever participated in was WHEN HE WAS BAD with the very talented Shelly Laurenston–and, almost six years after its initial release, that book is being re-released now. Love that. I also participate in anthologies because I really love writing novellas. The shorter length of stories gives me the chance to experiment–and to tighten up my plots. When you only have a certain amount of pages, you have to get right to the action…fast!
Oh, anthologies…I do love them so.
But what about you? How do you feel about anthologies? And what is the name of the last great anthology that you read? Tell me…and I’ll pick one commenter (randomly) to win a $10 Amazon.com gift card. The giveaway will stay open until noon on 2/20/14. Good luck!