There is a saying that sometimes you need to get your feet wet before you jump in the water.
Many writers who want to publish a book, take their first step by writing one chapter in a compilation of stories called an anthology.
What is an Anthology?
An anthology book is a collection of short fiction, poetry or nonfiction works (or excerpts) by a variety of authors. Typically, the book is organized around a particular subject, theme, writing style or genre.
One of the most successful anthology book series has been the Chicken Soup for the Soul series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.
Each book in the series is a collection of inspirational stories targeted at various markets such as pet lovers, cancer patients, nurses, new moms, runners, gardeners—the list is exhaustive.
Participation in an anthology can be by invitation for free, for pay (share of royalties or flat fee) or pay to participate, meaning that authors pay to be included in the book. In the business arena, paid anthologies are common since authors use the opportunity to promote themselves. Some projects also require authors to purchase a certain number of books either in addition to any fee or in lieu of a fee.
Authors are provided with a list of guidelines for writing and submitting drafts for their segments of the book.
The compiler or publisher bears the costs of producing the book to include editing, graphic design, layout, proofing, publishing, printing, marketing, and distribution, and retains the right to reject any author’s submission or participation in the project.
4 Benefits of Being Part of an Anthology
Less effort: Self-publishing or getting published by a regular publishing house can be quite a project! An anthology only requires authors to submit a segment and leave those details to the editor and publisher. This allows authors to concentrate on creating their best work.
Less cost: Depending on the nature of the anthology agreement, a writer can purchase books instead of a fee or pay a small participation fee which is a fraction of the cost of self-publishing. The compiler of the anthology picks up the tab for editing, design, cover design, proofreading, distribution, and launch.
In good company: Some anthologies gather top authors and experts. So, being included with recognized writers can afford less famous writers the benefit of being considered on par with them.
Today’s business card. Being able to say, “I’m one of the authors of _____” can carry a lot of weight for writers who are seeking additional writing opportunities. The book becomes a great business card! It says that someone of note considered them and their work worthy to be included.
The contacts you make can lead to a larger marketing pool. The other authors are going to market the anthology to their readers. This essentially means you get free marketing to a different audience simply because your work is compiled in the same place. It also means you might be able to market a little less than you do for your singular works because several people will be sharing this information. (No need to overdo the marketing and make readers tired of the promo.)
Here are some recent Anthology Projects we managed.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada —March 18, 2021— Author Dawn James wrote a spellbinding new autobiography, Unveiled:Autobiography of an Awakened One, set for release on March 20, 2021. James, who conquered vision and hearing loss, being paralyzed and mute, shares her audacious story of how she cheated death and awoke to life-altering revelations. This memoir highlights James’s spiritual awakening following traumatic events that could have ended her life. Instead, she garnered beautiful bombshells about her resilience, unwavering faith, and lasting commitment to high vibration living. Unveiled also celebrates her devotion to helping others to pursue their spiritual wellness while raising their vibrational frequency.
A well-respected entrepreneur and owner of Publish and Promote, James is also a conscious living teacher and spiritual mentor. This heart-centred international teacher published her first book, the best-selling Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better HealthVitality and Inner Peace, in 2010, followed by six successful books. In 2020, Dawn felt moved to write about her journey in Unveiled. She hopes that it will offer a road map to millions of people who are waking up to a new world. James explains, “This is my story of the lifting of veils, of revelations, and waking up to my own life.”
Following her life-changing experiences, James explains how she became a conscious observer of her life. She expounds, “When I reflected on my past, from infancy, and started writing about my bumps in the road of life, something amazing began to unfold. I began to see a pattern in my timeline.” The knowledge that she gained, as a result, will help others awaken to their personal power. Dawn discovered that her life tests were setting her up for triumphs and an empowering truth that she wants everyone to understand.
Unveiled celebrates James’s highest calling which is to show others that they are more than the skin they live in, and like her, were created to walk boldly in their spirit with an expectation to pursue happiness and health while coexisting in harmony with all living beings. Unveiled will help readers redefine the current version of themselves to uncover a more generous design of their best self, highlighting Dawn’s message that at any time, anyone can awaken.
Title: Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace Author: Dawn James Publisher: Lotus Moon Press Released: 2010 Pages: 158 ISBN: 978-0-9865378-1-3 Stars: 4
Title: How to Raise The Vibration Around You: Volume 1 – Working with the 4 Elements to Create Healthy and Harmonious Living Spaces Author: Dawn James Publisher: Lotus Moon Press Released: 2014 Pages: 171 ISBN: 978-0-9865378-0-6 Stars: 4
Title: Raise The Vibration Between Us: Forgiveness, Karma, and Freedom Author: Dawn James Publisher: Publish and Promote Released: 2018 Pages: 66 ISBN: 978-0-9916715-8-8 Stars: 5
I don’t know if you feel the same way, but for me, 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year. For the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic I found myself in disbelief, experiencing powerful emotions, the most prominent being that of anger. I started doing something I don’t usually do because I’m an empath. I read and watched the news. And I didn’t just read or listen to the mainstream news, I read alternative news sources, sources that were claimed to be from the alt-right, radical left, sources by people who have been claimed to be disgraced or discredited, you name it. I wanted to get everyone’s side of the story so that I can make up my own mind about what I believe and I respect everyone’s right to do the same without calling them out for spreading ‘misinformation.’ I have worked in social media marketing for 12 years and I have never experienced the level of censorship by the media, the government, Big Tech and Big Pharma, that I do right now. I found myself so far down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories about what is really going on during this pandemic that I ended up with the worst bout of anxiety I have ever experienced in my life. I still don’t know who I should trust for information about the Coronavirus, but I decided that enough was enough and I needed to do something to raise my vibration and fast!
I have been both an associate and friend of author, sound healer, and Conscious Living Teacher, Dawn James, for ten years. I am the senior editor for her company, Publish and Promote, so I know that she is a very intelligent woman of the utmost integrity and I have watched her create more than one successful business for herself with her knowledge, determination, perseverance, and hard work. I have also experienced her sound healing workshop in which she practices therapeutic healing with Tibetan and crystal singing bowls and it is divine. I wish I could attend one every day. Although I have never been one to totally immerse myself in “woo-woo land,” I do believe that we, as human beings, are made of energy and that we do have the power to create the reality that we want to live in. But how do we do that? How can we change our perception of the world at a time when it is an exceedingly difficult place to live in?
After reading Dawn’s ‘Raise Your Vibration’ trilogy, beginning with Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace, How to Raise The Vibration Around You: Volume 1 – Working with the 4 Elements to Create Healthy and Harmonious Living Spaces, and Raise The Vibration Between Us: Forgiveness, Karma, and Freedom, I feel more calm, grounded and positive than I have felt in months. However, I am also just a little overwhelmed by how much work I must do to change my life so that I am living in a much more conscious and positive state of being. I have started to make some changes, but I know I have a long way to go, starting with my own self-talk.
In the first book in Dawn James’ trilogy (which I read ten years ago for the first time), Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace, Dawn tells us how we can raise our vibration within ourselves by making conscious choices about what we eat, drink, breathe, and where and with whom we spend our time. She gives us examples of and exercises for how we can do these things and leaves us with key messages from each chapter. She talks about breath work, essential oils, crystals and gemstones, sound and colour, time spent in nature (which has been my saviour) and in silence and meditation, as well as with positive people. She also reminds us to practice gratitude and forgiveness, and provides the reader with a glossary and references.
After reading this book again, I was inspired to purchase my own Tibetan singing bowl, a pottery dish in which to put the crystals and gemstones that I have (and I made a list of new ones to purchase) and I placed them on my desk. I also started keeping a gratitude journal again. I usually just give gratitude to God and the Universe out loud every night before I go to bed but now, I am writing it down, and I’m meditating more often and concentrating on my breathing.
In Dawn’s second book, How to Raise The Vibration Around You: Volume 1 – Working with the 4 Elements to Create Healthy and Harmonious Living Spaces, Dawn teaches us how to raise the vibration in our homes through working with the elements of Air, Light, Water and Earth. She covers smell and the olfactory system, air quality, sound and the auditory cortex of the brain, the vibration of water and how to improve water quality at home, as well as eco-friendly ways of cleaning our homes and ourselves. Dawn also explores Earth’s gifts including Himalayan Salt lamps, crystal grids, flowers, and gardening, and presents the reader with some wonderful charts and recipes.
While reading this book, I was inspired to create a Pinterest board called Raise Your Vibration which you can find on Pinterest and have pinned images/articles that speak to everything that Dawn covers in her books. I may yet organize them into collections when time permits. I also smudged my apartment with white sage, bought some aromatherapy candles, new air-purifying house plants, and am looking into purchasing an Alkaline Spring water system. For me, changing my eating habits and sticking to those changes has always been the most challenging hurdle in my life but I am inspired to try harder.
Raise The Vibration Between Us: Forgiveness, Karma, and Freedom is a short book that took me less than 24 hours to read. While it may be short, it is perhaps the most important book in this trilogy as Dawn speaks to the significance of forgiveness and what we gain from it, karma and how it affects us as well as how to clear it, and how to create space in our lives for freedom. I have yet to do the homework laid out in this book but I vow to because I know that it is the most powerful work of all that we can do to raise our vibration and transform our lives.
I am paying it forward by telling you how profoundly life-changing the information in these books could be for you if you read them and then consciously choose to employ at least some of the teachings within them. I am aware that true change doesn’t occur overnight and will not be earth-shattering simply because we purchase some new objects for our home but if those objects can serve to remind us to stay conscious and to keep trying our best to raise our vibration, then I believe they are worth every penny.
There has never been a time on this planet more pertinent than NOW for making a decision to raise our vibration and transform our lives so if you want to purchase these books for yourself or learn more about Dawn James, visit her website at www.dawnjames.ca. I’m proud to have edited Dawn’s autobiography, Unveiled: Autobiography of An Awakened One which will be released in 2021 and I can tell you that it is a fascinating story.
Is there a way to release all my fears and pain so I can hold more Love and Light?
All these questions and more will be answered and discussed on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm EST.
Dawn James, vibrational energy practitioner, sound healer, international speaker and author of the books, Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life; Eleva Tu Vibracion, Transforma Tu Vida (Spanish version), will present for the first time the details of her 2003 spiritual awakening and journey into ascension, and what she learned from the 23 subsequent mystical events she experienced in that pivotal year.
In this awe-inspiring ascension teleseminar, you will:
Learn how to raise your frequency on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels
Hear how Dawn ascended and became fully illuminated for nearly four hours before choosing to return to the physical plane
Discover how to release fear, pain and other low vibrational emotions and energies to prepare yourself to receive and hold more Light and Love
Understand the importance and power of breath work, affirmations and certain natural elements that activate OR speed up our ability to ascend.
Tens of thousands have heard her on the radio, and thousands have attended her lectures, workshops and retreats across North America. Today she is living her passion and purpose, educating and inspiring others to live a healthy, high vibration and conscious life. After nine years, she is ready to share her ascension experience and fulfill her agreement to teach others how to raise their vibration and ascend ~ here and now in 2012.