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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Guest Blog: Berengaria Brown: Plays Nicely With Others - to Produce an Anthology



Writing a book for an anthology or boxed set, is a little different from just writing a regular story. Normally an author can work on her own schedule, set her own priorities, and fit her writing on a particular book in whatever order she chooses.

But when working with other authors there are many other constraints. Since all the editing of all the stories has to be completed by a set date not everyone can turn their completed book in at the last minute. The same with every other stage of the book. Authors have to be aware of the constraints on other members of the group and readjust their schedules to cater for it.

The group I worked with for the production of “Naughty List” and then “Naughty Hearts”was extremely cooperative and all decisions were made by a poll. Fortunately everyone did play nice and there were never winners or losers, just group decisions.

Together we decided when stories had to be turned in, when edits and proofreading were to be completed, what the book title would be, and which versions of the artwork we liked.
That’s a lot of decisions, with an enormous potential for conflict and upset creative people. However the group worked really well together and the books have turned out very well. “Naughty List” has received five star reviews and “Naughty Hearts” has just released.

BLURB: From Naughty Heart
“Chocolate-Coated Reunion” by Berengaria Brown
Matt arranges to meet Jake for Christmas Eve drinks after work but after a series of disasters is very late. Jake refuses to talk to him. As Valentine’s Day approaches, Matt is determined to reconnect with Jake. But is Jake too hurt and disillusioned to forgive him?

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BIO
Berengaria is an award-winning, best-selling, multi-published author of erotic romance with over one hundred published digital, print and audio books.  She writes contemporary, paranormal (magic, ghosts, vampires, fairies, dragons, and werewolves), futuristic, medieval, and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: MMF, MFM, FMMM, FFM, MM, FF, and MF. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

11 comments:

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you for inviting me here today.
Berengaria

Sandy said...

Hi Berengaria,

I bet it is hard to work with a lot of personalities, Berengaria. Since, I know little about anthologies I would be a follower.

Melissa Keir said...

I love the cover. What a beautiful box set! I wish you many sales!

It is very challenging to work with others but when you have found a group that fits, it's heaven! Sounds like you have!

jean hart stewart said...

Many happy sales. A lovely cover, and enticing blurb.

Berengaria Brown said...

I knew most of the authors in the group a little bit before we started, but it's been awesome to become friends with them all, Sandy.
Everyone has been very supportive of each other, Melissa.
Thank you, Jean
Berengaria

Cara Marsi said...

Looks like a great collection. Lots of terrific authors. Best of luck.

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Cara.
Berengaria

Marianne Stephens said...

Thanks for being on RB4U. Writing an anthology and dealing with many different personalities is interesting!

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, for hosting me today, Marianne
Berengaria

Polly McCrillis said...

The book cover rates at the top of my All Time Favorites! The challenge of working with so many other authors is obviously something you managed to tackle. Congratulations and happy writing!

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Polly. I'll tell the cover artist your wonderful compliment as well.
Berengaria

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