BYB 031: Tips For Publishing Your Own Anthology With Stephanie Sprenger Of The HerStories Project

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Stephanie Sprenger of The HerStories Project Tips For Publishing Your Own Anthology - Beyond Your Blog Podcast 31

How many of you have had a moment where you said to yourself “I could put together an anthology”, or “Why has no one elver put together an anthology about xyz?”  If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to curate and edit your own anthology, or if you are on the path already and would love some helpful tips, this podcast with Stephanie Sprenger of The HerStories Project is a must listen.

Stephanie Sprenger of The HerStories Project Tips For Publishing Your Own Anthology - Beyond Your Blog Podcast 31

My podcast interview with Stephanie includes

  • Stephanie’s take on what makes a good anthology
  • The HerStories experience with both self publishing and hybrid publishing
  • Stephanie’s perspective on working with a partner to publish an anthology and how she and Herstories partner Jessica Smock divide up the tasks
  • Different ways to source submissions for your anthology and how to compensate contributors
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly on going with traditional, hybrid or self-publishing
  • How The Herstories has handled rights to contributors work
  • Self publishing tools and resources Stephanie recommends
  • The marketing effort required to sell your book, and some marketing/promotion tips from Stephanie that The HerStories Project has used successfully
  • Some of the costs involved in creating an anthology
  • What’s next for HerStories including paid writing opportunities, writing courses, and other ways you might learn more from HerStories about creating an anthology in the future

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Susan Maccarelli

Susan Maccarelli is the creator of Beyond Your Blog, a site helping bloggers successfully submit their writing for publishing opportunities beyond their personal blogs. She also offers online training and consulting to new bloggers looking for direction on submitting their writing for publication. Susan has interviewed dozens of editors from publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and speaks at many respected writing and blogging conferences.

5 Comments on “BYB 031: Tips For Publishing Your Own Anthology With Stephanie Sprenger Of The HerStories Project”

  1. Stephanie, thank you so much for the shout out! Working with you and Jessica on the blog book tour has been great. So excited for your next two anthologies! Really great info here, thank you for sharing.

  2. What a great podcast! I’ve put together 2 anthologies myself and will be in I Still Just Want to Pee Alone (yay, Susan, we’ll be in a book together!) and Stephanie is SO right on with all her tips. This should be required listening for anyone looking to put together an anthology, and great tip from Susan to try to be IN one before taking a stab at your own. It’s really more work than most people realize but it can also be a lot of fun and lead to a really great book–if done right.

    Stephanie, I have a question for you. You mention NetGalley and that’s something I was considering. It has a hefty price tag so I just wanted to do a little more research first. Some publishers/authors seem really happy with it, yet other say that out of hundreds of downloads they only ended up with a few reviews on Amazon and that they were harsher than the rest of their reviews. Do you have any figures you’d feel comfortable sharing? Like, “5% of the people who download the book end up leaving reviews on Amazon, and overall they’re positive.” Or any other info you’re willing to provide, I’m all ears!

    And thanks again to the both of you for this great podcast!

  3. I didn’t know about Pressbooks! I’m definitely checking this out. There was a lot of fantastic info in here… even thought I’ve already self-published a collection, I learned a ton!

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