An anthology is the best way to get your story published.
Writing an anthology or a multi-author book is a good idea for several reasons. We will share with you 5 key steps in writing a book with multiple writers.
Step 1. Set Goals for Your Anthology.
Before you even write one word, it’s a good idea to take some time to discover why you want to write an anthology or multi-author book. Setting your goals well ahead of time can help you and your co-authors understand what the book is about and, more importantly, why you want to write an anthology.
Included in goal setting should be your central theme and the overall tone of the book as a whole. While each author will have a different voice, the tone, and theme should be the same throughout the content. You will lose readers if, for example, one story is about creating a successful business while another is about a trip to Europe. Keep the tone and theme consistent and you will have a fan following for life!
Step 2. Organize the Co-Authors for Your Anthology.
Organizing and deciding who to feature in your anthology is key. Your co-authors can have various backgrounds, experiences, and writing styles. However, most importantly, your co-authors should be aligned with your goals for your anthology.
If the theme of your book is, for instance, educating people about real estate selling or buying, then you will want real estate agents and other professionals who have worked within the industry like mortgage brokers, for instance. You can check my latest books which were ghostwritten for over 40+ real estate brokers.
If your authors come from various parts of the country or world for that matter, then you will want to set up a system for ensuring they all finish their first drafts on time or if you are ghostwriting their stories then you will want to keep a tight schedule in order to meet the publishing deadline.
Step 3. Ghostwriting the Stories for Your Anthology.
Ghostwriting is becoming very popular amongst people looking to publish but who can not write themselves for various reasons. Perhaps your client(s) do not have time or the ability to write their story but want to pay you to write it for them instead.
As a professional ghostwriter myself, I can have as few as 2 clients to as many as 30+ people contributing to the anthology. You will find that some will choose to write their own stories and some will choose to have you ghostwrite for them. Either way, you will have paying clients.
The key to gathering information about your client(s) is to interview them either in-person or via virtual meetings. In addition to taking detailed notes, I highly recommend you record the session so you can review it as you start writing their stories.
Step 4. How to Edit the Anthology.
The rule of thumb is to never edit your own work. So if you are ghostwriting you may want to hire a professional editor. Many people use freelance services like Fiverr or Grammarly to help them edit their own work. I am old school so I hire a professional editor who will work with me on multiple projects.
There are a few steps to take in order to have a successfully edited anthology.
- Revise your work. Don’t edit your work as you are writing as this will slow you down and you won’t be able to concentrate. Once a first draft is complete, you can then revise your work.
- Proofread your work. I prefer to proofread my work before I send it off to the editor. It’s a good idea to do this as you can save a little money on your end plus this gives you the opportunity to further revise your work.
- Use a Grammar Tool. I almost exclusively use a grammar tool called Grammarly. Grammarly is a ‘live’ tool that offers suggestions on how to better structure a sentence. I’m using it right now! (It’s a widget on the back end of my WordPress website.)
- Do One Last Check. Before you send it back to your client, do one last check before you hit the send button. Once I receive the copy back from my editor, I do one last read-through as I often find minor errors that I can adjust quickly.
- Last Check. If you send the work back to your client and they ‘fiddle’ with it then you will have to ensure the changes are captured before sending it to be formatted. My standard practice is to send the final story in PDF. This way changes can not be made and no further errors will occur.
Step 5. Publish Your Anthology.
Just when you think it’s all done- there are a few more things to do to get your book published. Now that you have all your stories completed, the book setup will be the last stage before self-publishing. You will need to create the cover designs, and outline and format the book. Again, I hire out for this because this is not in my wheelhouse. I’m a professional ghostwriter, not a book designer.
You may choose to use virtual programs like Fiverr or use someone you know or have used in the past.
Last Words on Creating an Anthology.
Creating an anthology or working with several authors can be met with frustration at times, but I assure you it can be done with ease. I have created several now over the years and have built the GBA program based on my experience and successes to help more ghostwriters create a sustainable business and stop working for pennies!
If you require any help along your ghostwriting journey, please reach out to me.
Shauna-Lee Baty – Principle at Ghostwriter Business Academy.