Anthologies, Anthologies: Seeking Your Advice, Plus a Very Exciting Announcement!

Have you ever released your own self-published short story anthology? If so, care to share your tips and tricks?

I’m thinking about gathering my “cursed unsellable stories”, along with all the ones whose contracts have timed out, and creating my own anthology to list on Amazon!

Trouble is, print has always been a huge mystery to me, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely intimidated by the whole process. I know nothing about the “print on demand” feature on Amazon, but other publishers have sent me some pretty awesome magazines and anthologies that (I think?) were made through it.

If you were in my shoes, would you go down this route, or is there something better out there to use for print copies? I definitely want to get a stack of these to give to people IRL and sell on my own, and I don’t mind paying in advance.

As I said beofore, the anthology will feature some of my old classics like “The Sun Beneath the Glaciers” and “Macrophages”–along with some never-before-seen nightmare visions from Old Zyrgoth and beyond.

In other news, I nearly lost my mind when I saw that I now have my own author page on Simon and Schuster. Yes, you read that right: I have a story coming out in the Worlds Long Lost anthology by Baen Books, edited by Christophe Ruocchio. It won’t be available until December 6th, but you can already pre-order it on Amazon by following that link.

This is my biggest publication to date, so to say I’m excited is definitely an understatement! My work will be featured alongside stories from some truly legendary authors, and every story in the anthology revolves around one of the coolest themes I could ever think of: Xenoarchaelogy!

I don’t want to spoil the fun until you can read the whole story in December, but maybe–just maybe–I’ll post a new story for you guys to read in the meantime so you have something to hold you over.

Take care,

Erica Ciko

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