How Novella Collections are Formed
Blogger: Rachel Kent
This month, my client Regina Jennings has a novella releasing in A Match Made in Texas with Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox and Mary Connealy. I’ve only read Regina’s story so far, but I’m excited to read the entire book! It’s bound to be amazing with such stellar writers involved.
Novella collections can be formed in different ways. A Match Made in Texas was put together through the publisher because Karen Witemeyer mentioned to her editor that she would be interested in doing something like this. Bethany House found three other Bethany authors who could write a historical book set in the right time and place and the collection was born.
Other collections, like A Log Cabin Christmas (Barbour), are formed through a call for submissions. The publisher sends out an email to agents asking for authors to submit a brief summary of a story that could work for the theme of the collection. The editor in charge then reads all of the submissions and picks the best for the collection. The publishing house is always looking for at least one “big name” author to contribute to these types of collections and will occasionally accept one or two debut authors to participate as well.
Another collection that I’ve been involved with recently is a WWII Christmas book, Where Treetops Glisten, that will be releasing from Waterbrook at the end of 2014. Authors Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin are contributing stories to this collection and the three of them got together and formed a proposal that I sent out to many publishing houses. It was enthusiastically picked up by Waterbrook and we are all looking forward to the upcoming release.
Have you participated in a novella collection? How did the project form?
Would you be interested in being a part of a collection like this? Why or why not?