Freelance Writing: Book Compilations

By Jennifer Hallmark

Book compilations. Freelance writing. Can the two be combined? Isn’t a compilation a bunch of novellas yoked together?

Sometimes.

A compilation is, in simpliest terms, a gathering or compiling of different items to produce a finished product. So, yes, a book compilation can be several novellas that fit together. Christmas and romance compilations are very popular.

But I’ve been part of four compilations that did not fit the novella template. The first I was part of, gathered by Tracy Ruckman, then of Write Integrity Press, was a novella called A Dozen Apologies. I was asked to contribute a chapter to the work which consisted of one novella. Later, Tracy asked me to contribute a chapter to another novella, Unlikely Merger.

I also took part in a short story compilation, Sweet Freedom A La Mode, compiled by Jennifer Slattery. She added two of my short stories to the compilation which centered around the Fourth of July.

Lastly, I contributed an essay to the non-fiction book, Not Alone: A Literary & Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility & Miscarriage, edited by Jessica Snell. I shared my difficult journey of a miscarriage that I hoped would help others dealing with this type of tragedy.

Four compilations. Four different works that had different contracts, expectations, and three different editors and publishers. But since a freelance writer is a writer who is self-employed, writing for book compilations is a good way to supplement your income. If you are prolific, you can make a living at it. Or at least make a little money while you write the next Great American Novel.

I love being part of a book compilation because the writing was fun and I enjoyed working with different editors and people who also took part in the work. It was a great learning experience for me and proved to be helpful as I prepare to launch my first novel next June.

I asked some of my friends the same question and they said:

I love being part of a book compilation because…

Julie Arduini: “I love being part of a book compilation because it allows the opportunity to work with some of my favorite authors. Before I started writing to publish, I was a voracious reader. The authors are talented and writing with them made me want to stretch and grow in my craft. Readers also are able to enjoy the creativity that evolves when the compilation has a theme, like A Christmas to Remember. The authors take that one premise and write. Not one story is the same, and yet they are sewn together by the theme. Mixing the authors and theme together creates a beautiful tapestry that I pray is a gift to readers when they open our compilation.”

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Eva Marie Everson: There is the challenge–and as an author I love challenges–to writer tighter than usual. I cannot tell my story in 100,000 words. Or even 85,000. I have 20-25,000 words to draw readers in, keep them in, and take them to a satisfying conclusion. A Southern Season was my first attempt at this. Much harder than I thought, but incredibly satisfying when I was done. And I got to work with great authors like Claire Fullerton, Ane Mulligan, and Linda W. Yezak!

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Claire Fullerton: Being a contributor to a book compilation gives the great gift of camaraderie to a writer. There is supportive resonance in group association, and I find the act of being a team-player rife with motivation. I was recently invited to be a contributor to a compilation of four novellas, in a book titled A Southern Season (Firefly Southern Fiction.) Four authors contributed to this book, with the only guidelines being that each novella was to be set in the South, during one of the four seasons. I chose the autumn, and felt as I wrote my novella that I was upholding my end of what would be a book comprised of a year’s full cycle. Because autumn is a month I associate with decline, I chose to set my novella at a Memphis funeral, replete with bouts of nostalgia, Southern customs, and social mores. Though I have been given the proof, intentionally I have not read the contributions of the three other authors who contributed to the book. I am waiting until the November 1st release of A Southern Season, and am looking forward to reading its entirety, with the satisfaction that will come from being a part of this compilation.

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Ginger Solomon: “I feel blessed to join with other authors in group sets because we all write with similar goals in mind, glorifying God in our writing and blessing our readers with clean stories. And it’s a great opportunity for readers to find out if they like what I write while getting other great books to read at the same time.”

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Elizabeth Maddrey: “I love being part of a book compilation because it’s a great chance to be introduced to new readers who are fans of author friends but who are new to me.”

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Linda Yezak: I love being in a compilation because it affords me the opportunity to write in genres other than my brand. I get a kick out of it. In November this year, my novella Ice Melts in Spring will be released from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s Firefly imprint. This is my first purely Christian Women’s Fiction novella, meaning that if you take the Christian theme out, the story will crumble. In August of 2018, my first historical romance novella, Loving a Harvey Girl, will be released through LPC’s Smitten imprint. Ordinarily, I write contemporary “cowboy” romance, so going off track is fun!
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The Write Course: 3 Minute Tips for the Beginning Writer Episode 6

Jennifer Hallmark here. Welcome to my You Tube series called “The Write Course: 3 Minute Tips for the Beginning Writer.”

Today we’re starting on a new segment and our road trip question is, How long will I stay?  Is writing for a season, an extended period, or a permanent residence? Join me as we discuss this.

Episode 6: Today’s topic is Launch into the Adventure: How long will I stay?

Click to tweet: A new YouTube series for the beginning writer. Catch Episode 6 on the Inspired Prompt blog: Writing: How long will I stay? #amwriting #WritersLife

3 Questions Thursday with Lenora Worth

lenora-worth-picHappy Thursday! And no, you’re not seeing a typo. We’ve had  so many good books we’ve wanted to share in October that we added an extra day.

It’s my pleasure to welcome author of more than 45 books, Lenora Worth, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Lenora.

Now Lenora, here’s your first question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

LenoraTolerant, loyal, and a wicked sense of humor

Interesting mix of characteristics. 🙂 Next question,

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Lenora:  Ireland. I’ve always been drawn there and have it on my bucket list to visit one day. I think I could live there and be perfectly content

What a great place for a writer.  Question #3:

If someone made a movie of your life, what wouldperson-731144__340 be the theme song?

Lenora:  Oh, that’s a good one. So many songs come to mind but one of my favorite songs is “The Long and Winding Road” by the Beatles. I think because we are all trying to find our way home again.

A great song and thoughtful response. Thank you, Lenora, for taking time to answer our three questions.

Click to Tweet: Multi-published, award-winning author, Lenora Worth, is our 3 Questions Wednesday guest via @InspiredPrompt. 

Lenora is graciously offering a giveaway of a print copy and an e-book of Undercover Memories. Make sure to leave a comment to be entered to win…


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Undercover Memories

Her most important mission…

and she can’t remember what it is.

After amnesia strands private investigator Emma Langston in Dallas, only Detective Ryder Palladin can stop the men trying to kill her. But protective custody on Ryder’s family ranch has its own risks, like falling for the handsome cowboy. Before she can untangle her feelings for Ryder, Emma must recover her memory…because she’s sure someone’s life depends on it, even if she can’t remember whose.


lenora-worth-picLenora Worth is the author of over 45 books for three different publishers. Her first Love Inspired “The Wedding Quilt” won Affaire de Coeur’s Best Inspirational for 1997, and “Logan’s Child” won RT’s Best Love Inspired for 1998. Her suspense “Code of Honor” finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award and her “Body of Evidence” made the New York Times Bestseller list in Mass Market Paperbacks.
With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense and she recently sold three books to Harlequin’s SuperRomance, still writing as Lenora Worth. Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the Shreveport Times and worked freelance for SB magazine. She has now turned to full-time fiction writing and enjoying adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 36 years, they have two grown children—Kaleb and Carly. Lenora enjoys writing, reading and shopping … especially shoe shopping.
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3 Questions Wednesday with Sharon Rene

photo to useHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Sharon Rene. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Sharon: Creative, emotional, loving

All great characteristics! Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Sharon: Ireland and Scotland because my ancestors are from these two beautiful countries. I am fascinated by their beauty, history and mystery.

 I would love to visit them both also! 

ireland-1971997_1280Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Sharon: The theme music to Mission Impossible would fit. I often feel like I’m taking on impossible quests but with God nothing is impossible.

Interesting choice. I love that song. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Author Sharon Rene talks about writing and a giveaway. #Writer #amwriting

Sharon: I would love to give away a copy of  A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace. US winner will receive a print copy and international winner will receive a kindle copy.

 


A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace 

A Mixed Bag of God's Grace_5x8_FRONTA Mixed Bag of God’s Grace is a collection of short stories for children, ages seven to eleven.  The stories are biblical, historical and contemporary. The biblical section includes Daniel in the Lions’ den from the perspective of one of the hungry lions and the apostle Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. In the historical section the reader travels to England in the middle ages and encounters a queen, knights, and a ship full of pirates. Modern young Christians face a variety of
issues in the contemporary section. A devotion, prayer and scripture follow each story.

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photo to useSharon Rene enjoys writing children’s and young adult books. Several of her flash fiction stories have been published by Splickety Magazine, and she’s also had nonfiction pieces published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Life Changing Miracles. Her book for children ages seven to eleven is entitled “A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace,” and was published in May 2018. Currently, she’s working on a YA speculative series. 

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September Winners

I’m so glad fall is here. Aren’t you? And during the month of September, we had more winners…

The winners of Glimpses of the Savior by Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are: Marilyn R &  Sadie Trawick.  Congrats!

Alla Drake has been picked to win either an e-book or print copy of Laurel Blount’s book, A Baby for the Minister. Woo hoo!

The winner of Anthology: From the Lake to the River by JPC Allen and various authors is Anne Clare! Yay!

Julie Arduini is gifting You’re Beautiful, a book written by her and her daughter, Hannah to Melissa Henderson. Congratulations!

June Foster won, reader’s choice of format,  A Groom For Mama, a book by Catherine Castle. Yay!

Ellie Gustafon is sending a copy of her book, An Unspeakable Glory, to Emily Rees.

A big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We so appreciate you!