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Anthology? What’s That?

An anthology is a collection of work which is often published in a single volume. Chicken Soup for the Soul is an example of a well-known anthology. A new anthology series called Not Your Mother’s Book is about to be unleashed.Writing stories for anthologies is a great way to grow your writing platform, and it’s something that should be considered by all aspiring writers.

What is Not Your Mother’s Book (NYMB)? It’s a new anthology series by Publishing Syndicate, and it’s made up of more than thirty non-fiction titles like Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Travel, on Parenting, on Grandparenting, on Being Actively Retired, and more. There’s a great range in story length, from 500 to 2500 words. All stories must be told in the first person.

What’s different about the Not Your Mother’s books? The edginess! The publisher is seeking edgy, humorous, and entertaining, stories for the 21st century.

What can you do to have a better chance of being published in  anthologies? Submit your stories as soon as possible after you receive a story call out. Why? Because as the best stories arrive, they begin to fill the book. Once there are enough great stories, the book will be closed. If yours arrives too late, it can’t be included.

Should you quickly write a story and submit it the same day? Never! Let it rest, at least overnight. I almost always make changes to my stories after letting them rest.

How can I earn more royalties if my story is accepted? If your story can be submitted to more than one book-in-progress (for example “on Family” and “on Grandparenting,” submit to as many titles as you can find that are a good fit. If the titles aren’t being released  too close together, and if your story makes the cuts, it is possible that it will be used in more than one book and that you will earn royalties based on things like sales and each book in which it appears.

What can I do to increase my chances of my story being published? Follow all of the submission guidelines. If the guidelines call for a story 500 to 2500 words in length, do not turn in a story that has 3000 words. Proofread carefully.

I am currently co-creating Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Parenting and Not You Mother’s Book . . . on Grandparenting. Go to for complete guidelines and to submit your stories to these titles. Then look down the list of other titles and see if the same stories can be submitted to other titles. If your stories are selected for NYMB books, you’ll be glad to know that you will still own the rights, so you can submit the same stories to other anthologies.

What can you write about?Look through the book titles. Jot down ideas and start writing. I’ll be watching for your submissions.

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