Genre tips

Today’s #AtoZChallenge: Anthology

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic. This year, my second year with A to Z, I’ll cover thirty more writing genres (I covered thirty last year!).

Today’s genre:



Anthology: a published collection of poems or other pieces of writing written by one writer or many.

Tipsa to z

  1. Tie all stories together with a theme.
  2. Make all the stories individually significant.
  3. Establish an overarching style for the grammar/spelling of all stories, especially if they are from multiple authors. Do you use British or American spelling? Do you spell out ‘million’? What rules for capitalization and hyphenation are followed?
  4. Set a word count for stories, say, 3000-5000. This helps with consistency for readers.
  5. Expect each contributing author to participate in the marketing efforts, to their friends and social media.
  6. Make the revenue expectations clear so authors don’t expect what is impossible.

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More A Genres:

  1. Alternative History

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time, first in the Man vs. Nature series. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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  4. Oh, good tips. I never thought about things such as different spellings and following the same punctuation rules (though I should be the first to remember that – I had to proofreed a handbook at work, and I put in a whole bunch of commas my supervisor took back out. He said he didn’t like the “Oxford commas”.)

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  6. I just found your blog and I am eager to learn more. I am completing a family business memoir, which an anthology of sensible anecdotes and adages, mindful acknowledgements and advice, and motivating stories and quotes that were prophetic and are perpetual for business owners and team members.

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  7. Hi! I love that you added your own personal google form so you can follow peeps on the A to Z Challenge! My theme is onomatopoeia (one of my side goals is to spell that word correctly on the first try.) Your genres theme is fun, too! I especially like the tip about being consistent in style guidelines throughout the book.

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  8. Hello! I’m not sure how you got to that website, where you couldn’t find the A-Z stream… that is my website, not a blog at all – did I leave that address? How worrying! I would like to know to see if it’s possible to stop that happening. I leave the blog address here in the comment: which is one of my blogs. Hope you can find it there ok, I’m so sorry! Liz

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    • Your Gravatar is linked to it– I tend to go there first when I visit people and if it doesn’t work, go hunting! And yes–the Poetry Roundabout site is perfect. Thanks, Liz!


  9. Jacqui,

    I signed up to help with your book launch in June. Please send anything and everything you wish for me to include in my time slot.

    I’m looking forward to learning and growing with your A2Z theme this year. Thanks for sharing Anthology with me. Happy A2Zing, my friend!

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  10. Great start to the challenge!
    I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies. On the one hand, I love them, because I can sample so many different authors in handy bites. On the other hand, anthologies are always a mixed bag: some great stories, some not so great stories. But all in all, I suppose I mostly enjoy them 🙂

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    • I don’t find too many stories I don’t like in anthologies. I guess I accept I won’t always agree with someone else’s perspective on the theme. I’m also that person who doesn’t give many (any) 1-star reviews.


  11. Great start, Jacqui. I’ve compiled anthologies when developing literacy programs for adolescents, but never contributed to one. The compiling is an interesting challenge. When it’s for adolescents, we’re looking for different voices, perspectives, reading levels, cultural backgrounds – yet all on the same theme.

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