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Episode Info: This week on the show we welcome back Amanda Meadows to Jam out about anthologies with me! Amanda is the publisher of Wannabe Press along with Geoffrey Golden, and their awesome comedy publisher started our through anthologies, specifically Devastator Press. If you haven’t listened to her previous episode, check it out by clicking here. This episode is part of the celebration of our new anthology project, Monsters and Other Scary Shit, a 224-page monster anthology about monsters, which is live on Kickstarter now. It’s 47 creators and 30 comics about monsters of all kinds; funny monster, scary monster, fantasy monsters, sci-fi monster, and more. It’s just $40 shipped right to your door (in the US), and you get the pdf of the book included, and a digital download of the cover image, at no extra charge! Check it out today by clicking here. I wanted to have Amanda back on the show, specifically, because she’s created 13 different anthologies, and really built her entire business from anthologies into a full line publisher. I wanted to know the top five pitfalls new anthology creators should avoid when they are planning their project. Here’s her list. 1. Sloppy Planning + Infrastructure  Most people beginning an anthology project for the first time don’t realize they need a process in place for accepting and managing submissions (what’s your timeline? where’s your documentation?), streamlining production (what’s your CMS?), keeping all their assets in order (where are all the files kept and backed up?), getting consistent final files (what are the print specs? do you have PS or InD template?) from all their contributors. All those above questions have to be answered before you start taking pieces, or it’ll be a monster of a puzzle for you at the end of the project. 2. Lack of Guidance (AKA Lateness)  There can be a reluctance from editors of anthologies to, well, be editors. They want to commission the piece then expect it in their inbox by a certain date. But many contributors need more help in order to finish their pieces. Many creatives don’t really know (they were never trained) how to manage other creatives. The biggest issue in this category is lateness. One late piece can cause a cascade of production problems and delays. LearningRead more »

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