Agony & Ecstasy, the Anthology. An Introduction
Many of the long time readers know that Berkley invited me to put together a collection of short stories conceptualizing the idea that passion is often comprised of both pain and pleasure. The collection is printed in a flip format. The first 10 stories are printed one way and the second set of stories (11) are printed upside down. The idea is that you flip it to read it. Yes, it’s gimmicky, but apparently a very popular concept as it has worked well before for Berkley with its original flip collection called Master/Slave.
When I was first asked, I started emailing authors and asking them to contribute. I was turned down frequently because of time commitments, the type of story (i.e., too short) or that they didn’t write erotic stories. I wasn’t going to find 20 stories. I can’t remember who it was that recommended that I put out a submission call on Dear Author but I remember being skeptical. Really, you think people are going to want to submit for this? Lo and behold, people did want to submit. I ended up getting a little over 80 stories to read and 21 of them made it into the collection.
My goal was to create an eclectic and inclusive collection of shorts. These are really vignettes or scenes given that the stories only encompass about 5,000 words a piece. You can read more about the actual stories and the authors who contributed here. Some authors have never published before. I don’t know what their future publishing plans are. I definitely turned down some decent stories, some because I felt they weren’t sexy enough or that they were too similar to a story I had already included.
I haven’t talked much about the anthology on the site because I didn’t want readers to feel like I was abusing the blog in anyway, but one giveaway and one post isn’t going to drive you guys crazy, right?
Today I have invited the contributors to Agony & Ecstasy for a Q&A. We’ll try to answer any questions you may have.
The book will be released in trade paperback on December 6, 2011 and ebook on the same date. The ebook should be without geographical limitations.