Fifteen Minute Anthology

Compiled Information about the fiction anthology being produced at Fifteen Minutes of Fiction
Posted by Douglas, Mar 7, 2008


Fifteen Minute Anthology

Posted by Douglas, Mar 7, 2008
This post was written in 2 minutes.

In several places throughout the site and this blog I have posted information about the very first Fifteen Minute Anthology - a print anthology of some of the very best writing on this site since last September. This blog entry will compile all that information into one place, as well as introduce the editorial staff to you.

The Editorial Staff

First, I want to let you know that our editorial staff is entirely volunteer, so as they review items on this site, and work to help you improve the pieces you've written, please interact with them in a courteous and respectful manner!

Douglas Twitchell: Yes, that's me. You know me because I'm the one who posts all the annoying blog entries (like this one) that show up on your "tasks" page. By trade I'm a software developer and web designer. On the weekends I'm an itinerant preacher, and in the summer I'm a camp pastor. Writing is really not much more than a hobby for me, though I have had some writings published (besides on websites!).

Laura Fellows: Laura is a senior English Major who is graduating this spring. She has posted a few items on this site, and has a real flair for poetry (just read To Paul and Art or Word Patterns in a Box!). Laura was actually one of the driving inspirations behind starting this website, as we have occasionally shared writings back and forth over the years.

Margaret Twitchell: Yes, another Twitchell. If you want to know how she is related to me, just take her screen name and flip it upside down. She is a retired teacher who has probably spent more time reading, reviewing, and editing writing than the rest of us put together! More than anything else, I’m counting on her experience to help spot grammatical issues in writing.

Trent Boyd: Trent is a pastor of a church in Southern Maine, an excellent public speaker, and a very good friend. There are few people I know who are as widely read as Trent; whenever I see him he has a book in hand, and has a great deal to say about books he is reading. Just as I'm counting on Laura's expertise in poetry, and WOW's expertise in grammar, I'm counting on Trent to be our "Holy Smokes!" meter. If your writing makes him sit up and take notice, we know it's good!

Getting Ready For Review

As I mentioned earlier, our editors are all volunteers. This is going to be a very time consuming process for all four of us, and so we ask that you do everything in your power to make the process as efficient as possible. The most important thing you need to do is go back through your writings and proofread/edit any piece that you think is worthy of publication (or could be worthy of publication). Here are some proofreading tips:

1. Copy and paste the text into a word processor to see what spelling/grammar mistakes get highlighted.
2. Read it aloud. Yes, really! Especially for poetry, reading aloud will help you discover places where the flow is choppy. Reading aloud is also valuable for prose.
3. Ask a friend or two to read it and comment on it.
4. Post a thread in the Discussion Forum asking people to take a look at it.
5. If your writing doesn't have two carriage returns between each paragraph, or has extraneous carriage returns within paragraphs, please take care of those issues.

Editorial Review

The editorial review process will take place in several stages as described below.

Phase One
During the first phase of this process you won't see anything happening. Starting the week of March 16, the editors will begin the process of browsing through some of the most well loved pieces of writing on the site, compiling comments about the writing, and possibly suggestions for improving them. This process will take several weeks. Bearing in mind that this is our first anthology, obviously we can't predict how long it's going to take to do this review process.

At the end of phase one, if you have pieces which we would like to include in the anthology, you will receive a notice on your member page with a list of pieces we've selected, and perhaps some suggestions for making spelling/grammar/flow improvements. Otherwise you will receive a notice that none of your writings has been selected. If you receive that notice, it does not mean that you won't be published in the anthology; it simply means that none of your writing came to our attention during phase one.

Phase Two
You will have a couple weeks to go back and make edits on pieces we've highlighted. In addition, at this time, all writers will have the opporunity to request review of up to three pieces of writing. These must be what you consider to be your very best writing - or, if we have already selected some of your writing, the best pieces besides the ones we've selected.

Phase Three
Now the editors will go back to the drawing board, and review the pieces which have been submitted, as well as double checking pieces which required edits in the previous pass.

Phase Four
Once this process is complete, you will receive final notification of which pieces have been accepted into the anthology. You will also receive by email a contract granting permission for those pieces to be printed in the anthology. You will need to read it, print it, sign it, and mail it back (postal address will be provided).

Putting It All Together

Once all of this is done, a lot of work still remains, sorting, compiling and formatting the book, and preparing it for publication. The goal is that by fall it will be available to purchase through this site, as well as through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other bookstores.

Posted by Douglas, Mar 7, 2008

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