5 Reasons To Write For An Anthology

Guest blog post by a co-author of The Box Under The Bed, bestselling author Allison Maruska.

Stolen with permission (from her blog post dated September 30, 2017; that’s why it says the book gets released tomorrow.)

0ec5e6b6a9fd960893ba80993bf75090.jpegTomorrow is the official release day for The Box Under The Bed, the scary anthology I am honored to say my work is a part of.

Months ago, when Dan first announced the idea of creating an anthology, I was on the fence. I was working on my own book, running my own social media, blah blah blah.

It felt like an extra thing to do.

But as Dan wanted a short piece I’d already written in the collection, I figured, why not? As the project moved along, I ended up writing a new story for it.

TBUTB cover

On this side of the project, I can honestly say that contributing to the anthology was one of the best decisions I’ve made, both professionally and creatively.

And in case you’re also considering whether or not to be in an anthology, here are five reasons why you should.

Reason 1: Writing short stories improves your novel-writing skills.

I addressed this idea in this post, and I’m an even bigger believer in it now. Short stories require a lot of plot to be crammed into a short space, and that takes a different skill than novel writing. But that skill translates to novel writing because you learn to write powerfully and concisely.

When writing for an anthology, one or two of your short stories gets the full “publishing” treatment – editing, beta reading, and going up for sale. So not only are you honing your storytelling ability, you’re getting experience (or more experience) with the publishing process – and you didn’t have to write an entire book to get it!


Then come back.

5 reasons

(It’ll look like this when you get there.)

Thank you, Allison, for such flattery! When I got the idea for this project, it was partially because you had written such good pieces that you’d shared with me, and then posted on your blog, that were so steeped with emotions and sentiment, but also lived on an ethereal plane, that I knew I had to find a way to showcase them.

(And, gang, any time you can get a bestselling writer – or two – to let you put your name in a book with theirs, take it.)

It was an absolute blast working with such amazing talents like Allison Maruska on this scary anthology.

Check out Allison’s other AMAZING works HERE, including her runaway bestseller The Fourth Descendant,

and check out the Box Under The Bed right now!

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