Thursday, March 27, 2014

Young Adult Novelettes Anthology Call for Submissions

Happy Thursday, good people of the blogosphere! Today, I'm gonna talk about an idea I have regarding novelettes and putting together an anthology. If you're an author, I invite you to read on and consider what I'm offering. Grab your cup of coffee, a notepad, and a pen, and let's get going!

I know you've probably seen a ton of anthologies out there, but I intend for this one to be different. I'd like to give readers a sampling of many different genres in one great book. So, my call is to those who write in the following fiction genres:
  • Sci-Fi
  • Paranormal (including angels, demons, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, vampires, etc...)
  • Romance (including western, historical, contemporary, etc...)
  • Urban Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Magic (of any kind - witches, wizards, superheros, etc...)
  • Time-Travel
  • Crime
  • Suspense
  • Horror
  • Historical
  • Mythological
  • Humor
  • Satire
  • And any of those I may have missed.
I'll take a total of fifteen; but each one accepted will be in a different genre and be YA appropriate/themed. This means: No foul language or sexual situations and your protagonist must be between the ages of thirteen and seventeen.

What's different about this offer? Well, you have a built-in editor, proofreader, and cover designer, as well as a formatting person for both digital and print.

Our book will stand out amongst the crowd for many reasons. One being because your author information will be right after your story, not bundled in the back of the book with everyone else. This will include links to your social media pages and a brief biography as well as an author photo. That way, if someone enjoys what they just read, they can find you right away.

Another reason will be the length of the stories inside. Most anthologies are short story collections; this one will be a collection of novelettes.

I've also considered having everyone use the same protagonist, but put him/her in different situations/worlds. Again, that's up for discussion. But wouldn't it be an interesting twist on the common anthology theme?

Here's what the author bio pages will look like:
I'm thinking the title should be something along the lines of: Genre Mash-up: A collection of fictional tales.

But that's open for discussion. Length of stories will be at least 5k words, up to 10k and may include chapters. With fifteen novelettes, that'll give us a final product that's between 75k and 150k words.

Here are two things I require: You must be able to attend a meeting at least twice a month to discuss the book until it goes live, and you must be expedient with all editing suggestions/proofreading requirements/communication responses.

If a deadline is missed, I'll take it as a sign that you didn't want to participate in the first place, and put in someone who didn't make the cut the first time around for a reason other than missing a deadline.

Speaking of which...

If you think you have what it takes to be a part of this awesome opportunity, send a short sample of your work (2k-3k words - can be published already) as an attachment in MS Word format to me at WriteJoMichaels [at] gmail [dot] com. Include the following in the body of the e-mail:
  • Name and Pen Name (if applicable)
  • Genre you want to write in for the anthology
  • Your Twitter, Facebook, and blog addresses
Subject of the e-mail should be: Anthology submission.

Please have those in to me no later than April 20th. Publication date will be sometime in either July or August of this year. It depends on how quickly everyone can get their stories written. Heck, we may be able to get it out by mid to late June. Let's get this party started!

Have you considered being part of an anthology before? What do you think of the idea of a collection of novelettes in general?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. Wow this sounds really cool! However I'm not coming up with Short/Novella story yet, I know that there is some rattling in my brain but I'm dedicating my time to my WIP that I want to push through so that is the only world I'm in. I hope that in the future that this opportunity will come again

    1. Thanks for the comment, Kat! I completely understand where you're coming from. Keep your peepers open :)

  2. Does having to attend meetings mean that you're only looking for writers in your neighborhood and time zone?

    1. Absolutely not, Sandra :) Meetings will be online via Skype, Google Hangouts, or something of that nature. I'll work with everyone so we can all take part in every aspect. Some people have a second job, so I'll have to accommodate them, too. Trying to be super flexible :) Welcome to the blog and thanks for the question! :)

  3. I like the idea of the YA anthology (could it be because I enjoy YA literature?). Hoping to see at least one dystopian novella in it, especially one that did NOT have a love triangle in it. I think the "same protagonist, but put him/her in different situations/worlds" theme for the anthology is an excellent one. I wish everyone who will participate in this a fun, productive time. As usual, you are being generous with your time and support of the indie community!

    1. Thanks, Alana! I'm hoping to have information out to those who submitted soon. I'm planning to leave it up to the authors (vote, I guess) on which direction we take it :) Thanks for the blog love. Miss you!!

  4. Hey I just stumbled upon this ( a bit late it seems). I am sorry I missed out on such a great idea! Please lmk when you have a release date. I'd love to check out the final product.

    1. Well, welcome to the blog :) We ended up doing an anthology that reads like a novel :) Fractured Glass. We just started a Goodreads giveaway for it here: Thanks for the interest :)


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