Somehow I got lucky enough to be included in an anthology with Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, and Allyson James. It’s called Hot for the Holidays and it releases on Tuesday, September 29th. I admire all these authors greatly and have for some time. I’m not sure what good deed I may have done to have the honor of being included in an anthology with them, but I’m not complaining.
My story in the anthology is titled Sweet Enchantment and it will be the first installment of my new Dark Magick series. However the novella is totally stand alone and you don’t need to read it in order to follow the series.
I say that up front because I’ve heard from readers that one of their pet peeves is having to buy an entire anthology just to read one small installment of a series. So I made sure that anyone intending to follow my new series can start with Wicked Enchantment (Jan, 2010) if they don’t want to buy the Hot for the Holidays anthology. ***
Which brings me to the subject of this post. I asked this question recently in another forum and found the answers so interesting, I wanted to ask it again here.
As a reader I tend to like anthologies. Usually I’ll buy them for one or maybe two of the authors, but I’ll end up reading all the stories in the book. Sometimes that’s how I find new authors to follow. As an author I like them too, since I’ve had many readers tell me that’s how they found me. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance is a good example. I can’t count the number of emails I’ve had from people who discovered me through the tiny little seven thousand word story I wrote for that one.
So, dear readers, how about you? Do you like anthologies? Dislike them? Can you think of an author you found through an anthology who then became an autobuy for you? Do you have any favorite anthologies? Tell me all about it. This fine Friday I’m at Lora Leigh’s Reader Appreciation Weekend, so I may not be replying to comments. I am, however, and as always, reading them with interest.
*** Of course, why wouldn’t you want to buy the anthology? Lora Leigh! Angela Knight! Allyson James! Cool fae-themed novella from me!