I recently appeared on Radio Access in their Writer’s Island program. The discussion topic was anthologies and collections. Three Wellington anthology editors were in the studio, hosted by Deb Potter.
The guests were Alicia Ponder, Blair Polly and me. We discuss how to put a collection together – the submission process, evaluating stories, funding, marketing the books – and lessons we’ve leaned as editors. It was fun to get together at the radio station and interesting to hear the journeys behind each collection.
Our host, Deb Potter, presents Writer’s Island, is a journalist, has completed Victoria University’s Institute of Modern Letter’s Masters in Creative Writing program and writes children’s and general fiction.
Alicia Ponder has written for New Zealand’s school journal (a New Zealand educational publication), co-edited The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales, and edited Lost in the Museum – a Young Adult collection based in Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. Lost in the Museum won the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel award for best collection.
Blair Polly is an entrepreneur, the editor of Sweet As, a collection of contemporary short stories (for adults) with a New Zealand flavor. Blair had the good fortune of editing the work of some of New Zealand’s top authors. He also writes adult fiction, children’s interactive stories and children’s adventure quizz books.
You can hop in your boat and row out to Writer’s Island or just check out the podcast below.