Looking to choose a great organization to receive the royalties from your anthology? Do you want to work with a group that takes part in the launch, sales, and promotion of your collective work? Or would you prefer an organization that doesn’t get actively involved?
I wrote about why writing anthologies are beneficial and how you can get started. In this article I will go over choosing a great organization.
When it comes down to it—this is an important decision to make. You want to choose a cause that meets your goals as a collective group of writers.
For this week’s article, I will narrow it down to two things to consider:
- An organization that fully takes part in the launch, sales, and promotion.
- An organization that quietly accepts royalties but who does not promote the book because of time and policy.
To be honest, because fundraising anthologies are for the greater good, neither consideration is better than the other. But let’s look at it more closely.
Choose a great organization that is gung-ho…Pros
- They are super fun to work with
- Gain more readers and more sales
- The opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship
- Target an alternative source for followers
- The chance to schedule book signing events
- You know what is going on with the monies, etc.
The gung-ho organization…Cons
There really aren’t any in our case with Vermont Institute of Natural Science with our newest book Wings of Prophecy. But here are some that could happen.
- The potential of miscommunication because of the number of people.
- Someone at the organization not pulling their weight and you are waiting for communications.
- Compromised efficiency because someone (board member, etc.) doesn’t have the same vision.
Choose a great organization that doesn’t actively take part…Pros
- Less time spent “working things out.”
- The writers have full control of decisions on their end.
- Less time spent on working things out with the organization.
The organization that doesn’t actively take part…Cons
- It does not form a relationship on varying levels.
- You have no idea if they are appreciating your efforts.
- You have no idea if your money is going to the mission.
Take it a step further
Since our group is writing anthologies for the greater good, we understand that some organizations are more focused on being in the trenches with the animals they are helping.
They don’t have time or the resources to do the fundraising part. But are grateful for the monies they receive.
It comes down to your groups goals and desires when you choose a great organization.
Finally, choose a great organization that…
There is a lot of things to consider when researching an organization to fit your goals as a collective writing group. This article will help you get started with narrowing down what you may be looking for.
Next week for #WednesdaysWithWendy I will share one more article on writing anthologies.
In the meantime, if you are a fiction or non-fiction writer—consider the points and add your own. Working with organizations with distinct personalities, goals, and work ethics is rewarding. Then after you consider the points in this article please check out why it’s not all about the writing.
Click on the image below to learn more about the most recent anthology
Attempted Murder, a Paranormal Cozy Mystery Short Story
By Melanie Snow (Wendy Van de Poll)