Conceptualization and Announcement (2 weeks)
- The editor conceptualizes the theme and scope of the anthology.
- The call for submissions is crafted, outlining the theme, submission guidelines, and deadline.
- The partnerships team researches and reach out to literary websites, writing communities, social groups, and mailing lists for collaboration and support.
- The call for submissions is announced through various channels, including literary websites, social media platforms, writing communities, and relevant mailing lists.
- Social media team
- Website team creates website to include all functionalities like submission manager, submission reminder, etc.
Editor(s): Responsible for developing the theme and scope of the anthology, crafting the call for submissions, and overseeing the project.
Submission Period (months 1-2)
- – Authors submit their stories according to the guidelines outlined in the call for submissions.
- – Submissions are acknowledged through an automated email or personalized response.
Editorial Assistants or Submissions Coordinators: Handle the organization and management of submitted stories, including tracking submissions, sending acknowledgements, and responding to author queries.
Initial Review and Selection (month 3)
- – The editorial team reviews the submitted stories based on their adherence to the theme, quality of writing, and emotional impact.
- – Stories that meet the criteria are shortlisted for further consideration.
- – Authors of selected stories are notified of their acceptance and provided with a publication agreement or release form to sign.
Editor(s) and/or Reviewers: Read and evaluate the submitted stories based on the established criteria and make decisions regarding the shortlisting and acceptance of stories.
Editing and Revision (month 4)
- – Accepted authors work closely with the editor or assigned editors to revise and refine their stories.
- – Editors provide feedback on structure, style, characterization, and other aspects to enhance the overall quality of the anthology.
- – Multiple rounds of editing and revisions may take place to ensure the stories are polished and aligned with the anthology’s vision.
Editor(s): Work closely with accepted authors to provide feedback, suggestions, and guidance for revisions to enhance the quality and coherence of the stories.
Compilation and Arrangement (month 5)
- – The finalized, edited stories are arranged in a coherent order, considering factors such as narrative flow, emotional progression, and thematic resonance.
- – The anthology’s overall structure and any additional interstitial or introductory material are determined.
Editor(s): Determine the order and arrangement of the finalized stories to create a cohesive narrative flow that aligns with the anthology’s vision.
Typesetting and Design (month 6)
- – The text of the anthology, including the stories, author bios, and any introductory or concluding material, is typeset and formatted for print and digital publication.
- – The design elements, such as cover design and interior layout, are created or commissioned to visually complement the anthology’s theme.
Typesetter/Layout Designer: Responsible for formatting and designing the interior layout of the anthology, ensuring readability and visual appeal.
Cover Designer: Creates or collaborates on the cover design, incorporating thematic elements and aesthetic considerations.
Proofreading and Quality Assurance (month 7)
– A thorough proofreading process is conducted to catch any remaining errors or inconsistencies in the text.
– The designed layout and typeset pages are reviewed to ensure they meet the desired standards of aesthetics and readability.
Proofreaders: Conduct a meticulous review of the text to identify and correct any errors, inconsistencies, or formatting issues.
Cover Finalization (month 8)
- – The cover design is finalized, incorporating feedback from the editorial team and, if applicable, the author(s).
- – The front and back covers, spine, and any additional cover elements are prepared and approved.
Cover Designer: Finalizes the cover design based on feedback from the editorial team and, if applicable, the author(s).
Printing and Publication (month 9)
– The finalized manuscript and cover files are sent to the selected printing and distribution channels.
– The printing and binding process takes place, ensuring high-quality physical copies of the anthology.
– Simultaneously, digital versions, such as e-books or audiobooks, are prepared and formatted for distribution.
Print Production Team: Coordinates the printing, binding, and physical production of the anthology.
Digital Formatting Specialist: Prepares and converts the anthology into various digital formats (e-books, audiobooks) for distribution.
Promotion and Marketing (months 7-11)
– The anthology’s release date is determined, and a marketing plan is created to generate awareness and interest among readers.
– Promotional activities may include author interviews, blog tours, social media campaigns, book signings, and collaborations with literary influencers.
– Review copies are sent to relevant reviewers, book bloggers, and literary publications to generate reviews and media coverage.
Marketing Coordinator: Develops and executes a marketing plan, including online and offline promotional activities, author events, and collaborations with influencers.
Publicist: Handles media relations, press releases, and outreach to secure reviews and media coverage.
Distribution and Sales (month 10)
– The printed copies and digital editions are made available for purchase through various distribution channels, such as online retailers, independent bookstores, and digital platforms.
– Sales and distribution efforts are monitored, and appropriate steps are taken to ensure the availability and visibility of the anthology.
Distribution Coordinator: Manages the logistics of distributing the anthology to various channels, including online retailers, bookstores, and digital platforms.
Sales Team: Monitors sales performance, negotiates distribution agreements, and ensures the availability and visibility of the anthology.
Author Copies and Recognition (month 10- )
– All accepted authors receive their complimentary personal copies of the published anthology, as promised in the call for submissions.
– The contributions of the authors are recognized through acknowledgments in the anthology, author bios, and other promotional materials.
Fulfillment Coordinator: Oversees the distribution of complimentary author copies and ensures accurate delivery to the accepted authors.
Acknowledgments and Bios Editor: Compiles and verifies author information for inclusion in the anthology, such as acknowledgments and author bios.
Post-Publication Engagement (month 11- )
– The editor and publishing team engage with readers and the writing community through social media, author events, and participation in literary festivals to further promote the anthology.
– Reviews and feedback from readers are collected and shared to encourage ongoing discussions and support for the anthology and its authors.
Social Media Manager: Manages social media accounts and engages with readers, authors, and the writing community to maintain ongoing discussions and support for the anthology.
Event Coordinator: Organizes author events, book signings, and literary festival appearances to further promote the anthology and facilitate author-reader interactions.