It’s always a privilege to be asked to contribute a guest post to great blog like the one hosted by the Nonfiction Authors Association. And since I was also interviewed to discuss the same topic via teleseminar, I am able to give twice the advice and help that many more nonfiction authors at once. Score! So what’s that advice all about? How to compile an anthology. What’s an anthology? That’s a fancy word for collections, a book full of short pieces like essays, interviews, and articles. Usually, an anthology contains an assortment of short pieces written by different authors, too.
Anthologies can be a great way to save time while still publishing a book that achieves all the business-building benefits of any good nonfiction book, benefits like opening the door to more speaking gigs or attracting more ideal clients. But there’s a real risk of investing time, energy, and money in a book that doesn’t get you any closer to your goals. In this guest post and the accompanying teleseminar (FREE to NFAA members), I’ll guide you through some of the most important aspects of planning to compile an anthology.
I’ll offer guidance and tips on such topics as:
- Identifying Your Goals for the Book (not all anthologies are created equally)
- Choosing Your Topic or Theme (a good collection is brought together deliberately)
- Working with Great Contributors (the quality of your book depends on this!)
- Leveraging the “Mix Tape” Effect (how you organize the pieces in your collection affects readers’ results)
and a lot more! So browse on over to the NFAA blog and read my guest post read my guest post now. And if you find it helpful, don’t forget to share the article with your friends. They’ll thank you for it!
The mission for the Nonfiction Authors Association is to provide valuable education, resources, and a supportive community for authors of nonfiction books. Book publishing can be overwhelming and book marketing isn’t easy. With an ever-increasing number of book titles entering the market each year, it’s important to stay on top of industry trends, understand your options and keep your marketing wheels in motion. As a Basic member, I’ve enjoyed several of their teleseminars and even a couple of their conferences. Consider joining–you can read more about membership and its benefits here.