I discovered something really different about the MM reader community. Readers don’t like anthologies. In fact, they don’t seem to like short fiction. And this makes me sad. Because anthologies are wonderful!
You know in other genres, anthologies are very popular. For years I could not miss “The Year’s Best Science Fiction” by Gardner Dozois. I discovered some brilliant writers and stories, including Ted Chiang’s “The Story of Your Life” which was adapted into one of 2016’s best movies, “Arrival.” There are fantasy anthologies and horror anthologies and anthologies based on every concept or theme you can think of. Dragons and Sherlock Holmes and cats and mermaids and warriors and so many more.
BUT what I really love anthologies is discovering new writers! For the same price as a novel, I get between fifteen and twenty stories by authors, and usually it is new ones—or new for me. Anthologies are a perfect place for new writers break out. When publishers can only put out so many books before they have to stop or flood the market, new writers have a terrible time making that first sale. Why take a chance on Fred Finkleheimer or Gladys Blacksmith or Raven Clouds when they can release the newest book by bestseller Mary Calmes or Amy Lane or Andrew Grey?
So that is why we have anthologies. Not only to read short great fiction about a fun niche or trope or concept, but to read writers who while they might not be new, they’re new to you. Anthologies are a place to find a new favorite writer! Because every collection is going to have that story that you stop and say, “Wow! I loved that! I am going to see if I can find something else by him/her!” Anthologies are pretty much the way I got my start. Who knows if I would have as much published today if it weren’t for such collections?
So take a chance! Read anthologies! And today is a most perfect day. Dreamspinner Press is offering not one, not two, but three anthologies for only 99ȼ! Just check out these blurbs….
Plumbing, cleaning, stone work, painting. Whatever the task, these men have just the right tools for the job. Need something buffed or polished? You’ve come to the right place. From light and sexy fun, to smoldering passion, to life-changing transformations, it’s all in a day’s work for these blue-collar studs. When it needs to be done and done right, trust a professional… mechanic, dry waller, construction worker, firefighter, or snow globe repairman. These guys know if you’re going to work, you might as well work hard. Tag along with them as they show off their special skills—on the job and off. With stories by….
Coffee Run by Jess Roth
The Last Snow Globe Repairman by Allan Jay
Of Scribes and Kings by Bryl R Tyne
Executive Decision by Alice Archer
Flat Packed by Henrietta Clarke
Moonshine by Charlie Tannen
Love on the Tarmac by Quinn Dressler
The Stonemason by Terry Rissen
Hot Cross Buns by Ginger Streusel
How to Build a Shed by Kim Dias
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Words hold the power to hurt as well as heal, and choosing them is a complicated and delicate process. No one knows this better than the men who work with them every day. Authors, reporters, reviewers, and publishers struggle to balance truth, art, long hours, and stressful jobs. Whether they’re trying to write a novel or advance a career, it can leave little time for love. The men in this anthology are seeking romance on and off the job, in print and online, against backdrops of fact, fiction, and even fantasy. Their tales are different but have one thing in common—there’s a happy ending waiting on the last page. With stories by….
Role Model by Becky Black
Perfect Bound by Jack Byrne
Author’s Note by Kim Dias
Compulsion by Emma Jane
McAvoy Made by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
The Geometry of the Circle by Rhidian Brenig Jones
The Fully Lit Review by Elle Katie Lune
On the Shelf by Eliza Maszar
Imp by Emily Moreton
Love in the Time of Magics by Fil Preis
Jester Hinkel and the Thrust of Destiny by Madeleine Ribbon
A Perfect Ending by Anne Robins
Secret of the Specter by S.S. Skye
Late Edition by Jamie Sullivan
Java Rocks by Julia Talbot
Pagan Moon by Nikki West
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK
A guy’s got to make a living. He can do it the conventional way—by selling cars, scooping ice cream, or delivering sandwiches—or he can earn his money as a spy, a historical interpreter, or the host of a myth-busting television show. Whether the men in this anthology are working hard to build their own business or performing in drag at a dance hall, every day has the potential for surprises and the chance to satisfy their lust or maybe find something more permanent. For the guys in these stories, what’s all in a day’s work might be anything but what they expected. With stories by….
Ice Cream Dreams by Shae Connor
My OTP by Bru Baker
The Bet by Holly O. Hale
Not Quite 1776 by Therese Woodson
Extra Mayo by Henrietta Clarke
Short Timer by Jenni Michaels
Dance Hall Days by Amy Jo Cousins
Unmasked by Kay Walker
Now come on! Look at those blurbs! Look at all those writers! How can you go wrong for only 99ȼ? Or all three for only $2.97? You are going to find something you like for that price. Three books for less than the price of one. And who knows? You just might find your new favorite writer!