(2/11/01 8:28:07 am)
A friend of mine has suggested that I edit an anthology of fairy tale poetry, and I need people's thoughts on whether I should do it, and if yes, how. He is a poetry editor for various small journals and things, has edited a poetry anthology before, and says that he has received several fairy tale pieces recently that he thinks would be great. He also says he could help me find a publisher for it - I'm sure it wouldn't be a major publisher, but poetry rarely is.
I would love to do it - I can think of a million potential contributors, some of whom already have work up at Endicott and many more besides, but I'm not sure if it wouldn't be incredibly presumptuous. Or just ridiculous. Or something.
What do y'all think?
(2/11/01 2:52:57 pm)
|What an incredible opportunity!|
I, for one, think that it sounds absolutely fantastic. You've got experience with this type of material (I don't think that I wrote to congratulate you on the piece that was posted at Endicott - forgetfulness - but it was absolutely *terrific*), and you're great at seeing new interpretations for familiar work. It would NOT be incredibly presumptuous, or incredibly ridiculous - just incredible. I think that you should definitely do it. Reserve a copy for me?
(2/12/01 10:25:22 am)
|Re: What an incredible opportunity!|
Go for it. The best way to learn is to do it and you already know enough to do this anyway. With the expected help to get published, I think it is more of "sure thing" than most first publishing endeavors. Why should we let Wolfgang Mieder have the only anthology? His is so good that we can only crave more.
And I will want a copy, too.
Also, please feel free to post a call for submissions, if you decide to do so, on this board.
(2/12/01 12:37:41 pm)
In reply to your post from way back in December--I too have developed a policy of generally not telling people much of *anything* when they ask me what I'm working on. Experience has led to to the conclusion that the question is inherently vampiric,
and the more you talk about the book, the more times you tell the story of it, the less inclined you are to write it, the more anemic it becomes and the closer you get to writer's block, insanity, alcoholism, and Michael Douglas in "Wonder Boys."
(2/12/01 4:50:28 pm)
I haven't actually read Mieder's anthology, though now I'll have to hunt it down in a library somewhere. Would you know why a paperback costs nearly $70? (Great list on Amazon, by the by; I was very amused to see your name pop up when I did a search for "Wolfgang Mieder").
(2/12/01 7:59:33 pm)
|Re: Mieder's Disenchantments|
I didn't realize a search for Mieder on Amazon would bring up my name. I had forgotten I even wrote that Listmania guide. I imagine an internet search for his name would bring up my site quite a bit, too, since I reference it so often.
I believe the paperback book on Amazon is like a print on demand. Who knows? Reference and/or rare books are so expensive. The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia I contributed to just got released at $95.00. Needless to say none of my friends are rushing out to buy copies for my four lousy entries.
However, I did find a wonderful copy of Disenchantments for myself through ABE.com and Bibliofind.com about a year ago. I paid about $15.00 including shipping from Canada where my copy was found in great condition. I now just searched both sites, but no book for you. I recommend putting it on your "notify" list on both sites. Eventually another one will appear.
Most of the libraries I have dealt with have had a copy, and I am sure you will be able to get one through Interlibrary Loan since it is rarely on the reference shelves.
(2/13/01 5:25:22 am)
|Re: Mieder's Disenchantments|
Cory-Ellen: I've been working on a fairy tale poetry anthology too. This is *not* meant to discourage you, since my project is more of an art book and uses a lot of reprint material, whereas it sounds like you're aiming at original material. There's more than enough room in the world for both books. I just wanted to let you know so you wouldn't think I'd stolen your idea or something! I also was recently contacted by two people who wanted to put a fairy tale poetry anthology together and asked for me help, which I had to decline because of my own project. So be aware that this seems to be in the air at the moment. But ultimately it's a nice thing for the field if there are several volumes to chose from.
Kerrie: Is your book of poetry out yet?
Edited by: Terri at: 2/14/01
(2/13/01 7:13:37 am)
Actually, one of the sneaky reasons I posted the question here was because I wondered if you or someone else here might be working on something similar - I don't want to tread on any toes. But if you don't mind, and other people seem to like the idea, then hey, I'll go for it. I make no promises about the outcome, but I bet the process is going to be a heck of a lot of fun (and work, reminds that annoying voice in the back of my head).
When I figure out exactly how I'm going to do this, I'll definitely be posting a call for submissions here. If anyone has done projects like this before and has suggestions, suggest away!
I will check the out of print places for the Mieder book - good to know it is out there for less than $70. I'll add it to my list on half.com. If y'all don't know about this site, you might want to check it out - everything is seriously discounted (often half off or more, hence the name), whether new or used. I got my copy of the Red Rose Girls *new* for $25 - it's in bookstores for $40, on Amazon for $32. It's a really, really good place for people like me - book addicts on a budget.
(2/14/01 8:01:51 am)
Absolutely, Greg. I still remember the story told on Ray Bradbury in his eager beginner days, when he would talk about all the neat stories he was going to write time and again, but never seemed to get anything done. Finally a dear writer friend took him aside and said, with the best will in the world, "Shut up, Ray!" It worked.
(2/16/01 4:17:23 pm)
|Book of poetry- yipes!|
Terri- yes, my book is out, I'm still trying to figure out the best way to handle payments (I've been ill and working too much overtime at HMCo). Do you think I should just start accepting orders or get a Tax ID or can that wait as long as I get it by the end of the year? HELP!
Edited by: Kerrie at: 2/18/01
(2/22/01 6:56:05 am)
|Re: Book of poetry- yipes!|
Kerrie, I'm afraid I don't know a darn thing about how to sell books, just how to write and edit them. Perhaps someone else here has some small press publishing experience. When you've figured it out, please let us know. There are several of us ready to order copies!