If I’m in between novels and about to hop a long flight, I’ll grab an anthology. Something like Whose Panties Are These? More Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road. I’m drawn to the bite-size entries; they’re like short-term distractions perfectly constructed to carry me through annoying travel delays.
I’ve been toying with the idea of getting some writer friends together to create our own Blurb anthology. I’d pick a theme, set a deadline, and then pour the submissions into BookSmart. I’d use Community Book to gather one photo from each person to accompany their writing. Laying it out, designing the cover, and copy editing it would be my job. Even if we were the only ones to buy it, it would be a fun literary experiment. And then there’s the dream that it would catch on and sell.
Coincidentally, the March issue of Boldtype was an ode to anthologies. Check it out if you’re into them. Of course many Blurbarians have already made some, like Fray Issue #1 Busted! and Susan Ito’s Parent Lit Workshop’s From where our love grows, Parent Lit: An Anthology. Have you considered an anthology project? Tell us.