(Please feel free to repost this letter anyplace where it might be of interest.)
Dear AnthologyBuilder Contributors and Patrons,
Many of you know that I’ve been looking for a purchaser for AnthologyBuilder. My life has grown chaotic during the last few years, and I no longer have the time and energy to devote to a side business.
Unfortunately, the search for a buyer has failed. This means that instead of transferring ownership of AnthologyBuilder as I’d hoped, we will instead be shutting the company down. This is a decision I make with sorrow but confidence: it’s better to close things down properly than to let everything drift off into limbo.
Accordingly, the AnthologyBuilder web site will stop accepting purchases after September 30th, 2016. All orders placed on or before September 30th will be fulfilled. After that, we will begin the process of shutting down the online database and distributing royalty payments to all authors whose earnings exceed the minimum threshold. We expect to be completely closed out by the end of the year.
If you are considering a particularly large purchase but need time to order a proof copy, please speak with me. Although the web site will be disabled after September 30th, I can still process large orders manually until the end of October.
Thank you, all, for your support of AnthologyBuilder and for your patronage and encouragement over the years. It has been a joy to work with you, and I wish you all the best in the future.
Nancy FuldaOriginally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
Are you faced with introducing a reluctant student to classic writers? This might be easier than you think! Let AnthologyBuilder.com help. (Click the high-lighted anthology links below, then scroll down and click the story titles to preview each story.)
Maybe your student’s taste runs to the out-of-doors and an author recalling his attempts at catching a wild turkey alive instead of using the shotgun he’d been given on a family hunting trip. That’s the 1916 story “Hunting the Deceitful Turkey” by Mark Twain. Perhaps the student would be intrigued reading a mystery story written by a Springfield lawyer in 1841, “The Trailor Murder Mystery” by Abraham Lincoln. Or, how about the story of a romance kindled by visits to a health club gym, in 1862. Yes! Even before the Civil War there were health clubs as we discover in “King of Clubs and Queen of Hearts” by Louisa May Alcott. Ten whimsical stories by classic authors are presented in the anthology “Back In My Day“ found under the Library Tab at AnthologyBuilder.
Have your student put aside those video game battles and instead read about a soldier’s thoughts after the drums and guns of war fall silent. “The Silent Drum“ contains stories not of battle and glory, but rather, the odd events in the back currents of war that the soldiers recall. Order this at AnthologyBuilder.com in the Library Tab.
It is hard to believe, but a prediction of social media, such as twitter and facebook, existed in the early 1900’s as evidenced in E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” among the stories contained in “It Ends In Fire“ found through the Library Tab at AnthologyBuilder.
So, visit AnthologyBuilder and get your student reading, or order an anthology at the Library Tab for your own “me” time this summer. ( Unfortunately this may be the last summer that Anthology Builder will offer these unique books, so make your selections now.)
Enjoy – foxtale
*** LINKED NOTE *** Jack London, whose story, The Scarlet Plague, appears in “It End’s In Fire” has stories reprinted now in seven A-B anthologies. Click the author’s name, and scroll down to see which anthologies, click on those to see what other stories have been paired with those of this classic writer of adventurous tales.Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
I have some bad news. As much as I love AnthologyBuilder, I no longer have time to maintain the database and submission system in the way the company truly deserves. Life keeps handing me new commitments and several of them are, quite frankly, far more important to me than running an online business.
So as of this morning, AnthologyBuilder is seeking new ownership. If you know someone who might be interested in taking over our current production system and customer base, please encourage them to get in touch with me.
As a company, AnthologyBuilder is mildly profitable. Back in the early days, when I was actively marketing and promoting the web site, it sold several hundred anthologies per year. Currently, sales are minimal. The database includes 1774 stories, poems and articles, as well as a sophisticated set of PDF generation and image manipulation software. The company name and operating slogan are trademarked.
Although price will of course be a factor in the negotiation, my primary objective is to find a buyer with the necessary skills to help AnthologyBuilder reach its full potential. The system is built on a basic structure of PHP and HTML. Possibilities for future expansion include digital anthologies, Android apps to facilitate anthology creation, APIs that allow online magazines to offer printed versions of archived stories, social networking, and marketing widgets that authors could include in their own web sites.
If I’m unable to find new ownership within the next few months, I’m afraid that AnthologyBuilder will have to shut down operations. If that happens, the web site will go offline and royalty payments will be issued to all authors whose earnings exceed the minimum threshold.
Please feel free to re-post this announcement on any blogs or web forums where it’s relevant.
Nancy FuldaOriginally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
Summer is coming soon and it will be time to put away those electronic devices, head off to a campsite in the mountains or at the seashore where you can lay back in a hammock, or gather near the lantern and enjoy reading some real books. Click the book links below, to preview the anthology and Click the story titles to preview the stories. Then click the authors names and scroll down to see other anthologies containing their work.
– enjoy, foxtale
Recall those youthful days at camp with a literary camp tour provided in the anthology Camp Staff Escalator. Enjoy stories that run the gamut from excitement to humor by modern writers as well as classic writers such as Jack London, Bret Harte and Mark Twain.
… I followed an ostensibly lame turkey over a considerable part of the United States one morning, because I believed in her and could not think she would deceive a mere boy, and one who was trusting her and considering her honest… – from Hunting the Deceitful Turkey by Mark Twain.
What’s camping without sitting around the campfire, and as it dwindles to glowing embers, having a few spooky stories to tell around the campfire, or to read aloud in the flickering light of the camp lantern? The AB Library has an anthology From The Shadows which presents a collection of short stories about vampires! Some are macabre, some are humorous, and there’s even Dracula’s Guest, the short story by Bram Stoker that initiated the whole genre of stories about the undead.
…The Swiss conductor struggled with English. The Italians seemed to understand, however, for they turned to look at Shelley as the train began its ascent into the Alps. “Carry no valuables at the body and let no strangers in the compartment.” His Swiss accent gave his consonants a scratchy quality. “Turn the lock, and push the bolt.”
“Robbers?” Shelley asked, disbelieving. “Are you saying there might be robbers on the train?” This was a danger she hadn’t foreseen.
“Robbers – yes,” he said gravely, rubbing his red moustache. “And vampires.”
She gulped. “You’re joking.” But the Italians nodded emphatically… – from Night Train by Rayne Hall
Stars in the night sky above your campground might remind you that is been a while since you read some good science fiction. The anthology Celestial Horizons offers short stories of travelers in space, including To Kiss The Star, the 2002 Nebula nominated story by Amy Sterling Casil.
… “Number Eight, I did not incur untold debt with the bankers of D’Or to build this station just so those spacers could tear it apart. Get out there and end this brawl.” “Mother, they are ammonia breathers. What else do you expect from them,” her offspring protested. …What would the new species think of Labyrinth! Brawls threatening to mix atmospheres, cowardly progeny, toxic drinks too near the airlocks. “I have provided a safe friendly place for species to make contact, negotiate trade and solve mutual problems,” she nearly screamed at her negligent son, “And you jeopardize it all.”…. -from First Contact Cafe by Irene Radford
LINKED NOTE –
Also in the AB data base is another story by Irene Radford, Little Red In The Hood, a saucy and irreverent twist on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood tale, that takes place in the big city.Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
March into 2016 with Featured Anthologies
As we enter March 2016 there are two intriguing collections selected as AnthologyBuilder’s Featured Anthologies. Click the link to preview the anthology, then Click on the story links to preview the stories. Next Click the author’s name to peruse their other works in the AB data base, then scroll down to see anthologies containing some of their stories
First we peruse Magic & Monsters – short stories by Alethea Kontis.
Some stories of those who possess magic, such as Minna, a young girl who dares seek counsel from the Society of Natural Scientists, impertinent for they are Alchemists, all men.
Also stories of monsters, such as the one, un-named, who really does live under Jeremy Blake’s bed.
13 different stories, some thrilling, some whimsical, some terrifying, but all a good read.
Next we delve into ANN LECKIE : Short Stories
Ann’s collection presents 9 intriguing stories, beginning with Beloved Of The Sun, a story of tribal people seeking a replacement for the original choice for sacrifice, a girl now drowned in an accident.
Another story presents a ten year old girl seeking to learn the wisdom of the Marsh Gods by talking with the creatures that live there. Intriguing stories of enchanted and magical lands.
** Linked Note, Blood and Water by Alethea Kontis
also appears in the anthology Twisted Redux.Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
To Begin This Leap Year 2016, here are AnthologyBuilder’s Featured Writers, plus samples of their work. Click on the story links to preview the story. Next Click the author’s name to peruse their other works in the AB data base, then scroll down to see anthologies containing some of their stories. Anthologies containing their works are currently discounted. Or use one or more of any of their stories to build your own anthology and receive the featured author discount.
Cat Rambo – Cat lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her collection, Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight, appeared from Paper Golem Press in 2009, following her collaboration with Jeff VanderMeer, The Surgeon’s Tale and Other Stories in 2007. Among the places her work has appeared are Asimov’s, Weird Tales, and Clarkesworld. She was co-editor of Fantasy Magazine from 2007 to 2011, which earned her a 2012 nomination in the category World Fantasy Special : Non-professional.
… From the river came a sound of splashing as though something enormous were thrashing in the water. “What’s that?” Ivory said. We stared down through the darkness. There was no one else around; it was off-season and our waiter had deserted us before the sun had set…
– from Foam on the Water – (dark fantasy)
Brian Dolton – Brian has spent the last twenty years trying to amass enough interesting life experiences so that his writer’s bio will make him appear far more interesting than he actually is. He has ridden a camel in the Sahara, stayed in a Zen monastery on a holy mountain in Japan, and played volleyball on a sandbar in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Now these distractions are out of the way, and now he has moved from rural England to small-town New Mexico, he can finally concentrate on sitting at a computer and writing.
… She had seen his like before, elsewhere in Fei Chu. Of an evening, in a wineshop, a man would stand (slightly unsteady on his feet), and announce his prowess to anyone who might listen. He would proclaim his strength and boldness, and how he feared nothing; not man, nor demon, nor ghost…
– from The Man Who Was Never Afraid – (fantasy)
Ann Leckie – Ann has published short stories in in Subterranean Magazine, Helix, and Son and Foe. She has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, The Gateway To The West.
… I must begin by making two points perfectly clear. The first is quite simple. The account you have read in the papers and no doubt also received from the chief of police … is entirely false. My second point is this: there is not now nor has there ever been, a well in my cellar…
– from Hesperia and Glory – (sci-fi)
Ahmed A. Khan – Ahmed is a Canadian writer of speculative fiction, and a member of SF Canada (http://www.sfcanada.ca). He has sold works to Interzone, “Open Spaces”, “Ruins Metropolis”, Anotherealm, etc. He also edited the anthology, “Fall and Rise”, for Whortleberry Press.
… I heard the news reader announce the date. I sat bolt-upright. How could it be the 25th of May, today? Yesterday, when I had gone to sleep, it had been the 20th. What was going on? Had I slept for four days – a modern day Rip Van Winkle? I ran outside, picked up the newspaper…and looked at the date – 21st of May…
– from The Presonic Man – (sci-fi)
NOTE – Any anthology that currently contains stories by our featured authors is now available at a discount through the AB library tab. Click on the story links, above, to preview the story. Next Click the author’s name to peruse their other works in the AB data base, then scroll down to see anthologies containing some of their stories, any of which will qualify for the Featured Author discount.
Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
As the first day of Winter rolled around for 2015, we did a quick survey of Anthology Builder’s best sellers to date. Click on the italic link to view the anthology contents. Click the stories to preview them. Click the author’s name to view other stories they have in the AB database, scroll down to find other anthologies containing their stories.
Heading the top sellers list was They Laughed at Me in Vienna and other stories by Tim McDaniel. In his intro to this collection of science fiction tales Tim defines the lead story “Domestic Arrangements” as the story of an unusual household, as is his “Why the Aliens Did What They Did to that Suburb of Madison, Wisconsin.” He leaves it to the reader to decide which is more appealing.
Next on the list was another anthology by Tim McDaniel, Dungeons and Dental Plans, a compilation of some of his fantasy and science fiction works. The lead off story is “Seasons Greetings” which is a spoof of those holiday letters people send out to update the readers on the past year. Tim has included letters from superheroes, aliens, mad scientists and even an art teacher! A fun humorous read.
At spot number three was Transfusion by Deborah J. Ross. The anthology‘s title is also the first story, exploring the intriguing concept of redemption for a vampire. Deborah describes her style of writing as sometimes finding a story inside herself. “…I find one inside myself. I rage and pace and weep as I write, praying all the time I can manage to come close to that vision. Sometimes it feels as if I have not so much written the story as been midwife to it.”
The next spot was nabbed by Awards Weekend, containing stories by eleven attendees of the 2012 Nebula Awards. The lead-off story, “Jaiden’s Weaver”, is by 2011 Nebula Award Honoree, Mary Robinette Kowal. Most of the other authors in this anthology have stories published among several anthologies in the AnthologyBuilder library. Click the author’s name to find other stories in the AB database, and scroll down to find other anthologies containing that author’s stories.
The fifth spot was held by Soldier’s Song, an anthology by James Fox. A collection of stories by Classic writers, such as Kipling, Jack London and Steven Crane, as well as a modern writer. These are not stories written by the soldier, but by those who follow the wars closely; the correspondents traveling with the troops, as well as the families back at home, carefully reading the dispatches and listening to the nightly news.
- enjoy – foxtale
***Linked POST – Lawrence M. Schoen, one of the authors in ‘Awards Weekend’, also has a story in ’bout dogs and DOGS’ available through the AB Library. His latest Sci-fi novel, BARSK, is being released through Amazon, December 29th.
Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
As winter approaches there is much to occupy our thoughts. The High School football teams press onward toward Homecoming celebrations and bonfires. Although the days left for Christmas shopping grow ever shorter, there is still time to order an Anthology as a stocking stuffer for a favorite someone! Then, all too soon, New Year’s Eve will be upon us.
Here are Three Random Teasers from STORIES in AnthologyBuilder’s archives that cover these happenings, sometimes with a unique perspective. After the teaser, Click the Anthology Link, then scroll down through the contents to find the story. Click the title to preview the story. Then click the author’s name to view their other stories, then scroll down to see other anthologies in the AB Library containing their work. Or Build your own anthology, perhaps as a stocking stuffer for someone’s holiday surprise.
Also don’t forget to check out Anthology Builder’s Newsletter.
enjoy – foxtale
Coach was about to go crazy his own self. In the twenty-five years he had been coach, he had done some very extreme things to keep us in the running. But this time he was all out of inspirations. Then, right out of the blue, Lurilene Packet comes up to him and says, “Coach, if you want, I’ll play on the team.” She was always a quiet and shy girl who never was pushy or anything…
How To Win At Football (Without Really Trying) by Tommy Bird
-growing up with five older brothers taught Luri to fight for what she wanted- Anthology Link
Of course Santa doesn’t personally tend to his light tree. Being manager of a vast program that covers much of the North Pole, Santa delegates a lot of the day to day work. A crack team of elves is assigned to watch the tree. They are shepherds of Santa’s lights…
Elf In The Attic by Ray Rebmann
– on a special mission for Santa to help save a child’s belief in … Christmas – Anthology Link
The flakes of snow covered her long fair hair, which fell in beautiful curls around her neck; but of that, of course, she never once now thought. From all the windows the candles were gleaming, and it smelt so deliciously of roast goose, for you know it was New Year’s Eve …
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
– poignant story of a little match seller’s dreams of warmth and happiness – Anthology Link
Linked NOTES – The A-B blog entries from January and April 2015 could provide the links you need to find collections of short (very short) stories that would be just right for stocking stuffers this holiday season.
Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
STORM FRONT – Wind – Sleet – Snow
A collection of short stories about wind and storms, ice, sleet and snow, and dread in the dark of night.
…. I had a dream, which was not a dream. The bright sun was extinguished, and the stars did wander darkling in the eternal space, rayless, and pathless and the icy Earth swung blind and blackening in the moonless air…..
– from Lord Byron’s apocalyptic vision, ‘Darkness’ inspired by the Mount Tambora eruption that caused “The Year Without Summer” 1816 –
A ROSE FOR YOU – A Literary Anthology
A literary anthology that, like the call of the sea, allows you to immerse yourself in another world.
…. She saw him first through a mist of ocean spray. He stood on the precipice of rock overhanging the crashing waves in which she dwelt. He stared toward her, dazed by her siren song…in a moment he would jump…
– from Sandra Tayler’s introduction into “Stories That Bind” 2008 –
Linked Note *** Lord Byron’s ‘Darkness’ also appears in the apocalyptic anthology ‘It Ends In Fire.’Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
Why should the kiddies get all of the goodies? This Halloween as you wait by the door, enjoy (enjoy?) an anthology of short stories filled with suspense, dread, terror and even humor. Here are three random teasers of stories in just such anthologies. Click on the Anthology title, and click on the story title to preview the story, Click on the author to see other stories they maintain in the A-B database and scroll down to find other anthologies containing their stories. Also, don’t forget to visit the Anthology Builder NEWSLETTER for tips on building your own anthology as well as links to other stories and books. Remember to sign up for this tertile newsletter.
– enjoy, foxtale
I’ve never really gotten along with crows… crows are nasty. They have this way of looking at you as though they are wondering what you taste like, and whether they can fit their beaks around you. As though they’re smarter than people and know things we don’t… from “Dances With Crows” in the anthology Halloween Havoc
– Near Halloween not all dark creatures stalk the lingering shadows. Some fly –
The man on the doorstep… waved a badge in her direction… “Leo Martinez, L.A. Unified Child and Welfare Attendance Counselor. That’s a new fangled way of saying, truant officer.” This was really too bizarre, Valeria thought, a human asking permission to cross her threshold… from “Survival Skills” in the anthology From The Shadows
-A mother vampire… struggling to raise two vampire children in Hollywood, encounters her worst challenge yet… the elementary school PTA –
Crimson stained the white drop cloths. Until now, Dee and I had never awoken in the same hotel we checked into… so I’d never seen myself dead, even from a distance. “The first time… it is a bit disturbing,” Dee admitted… “You get used to it though”… from “The Wonder Tower” in the anthology Hallowed Ground (contains some mature content)
-She belonged in this room, with the two-headed calf… and the albino rattlesnake. She could hold a sign declaring “Behold the World’s Only Suicide Junky” –
Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.