The Many Faces of Making a BookPosted: September 7, 2008
The last two Saturday evenings have been spent in the far back cramped corner of the Bronte Cafe at Barnes and Noble. The Selection Committee for the anthology the Council for the Written Word will publish in September of 2009 has met to discuss and Reject or Accept or Accept with Revisions (because some just may not quite be ready for prime time and some may not fit with the overall voice of the book and we did have so many!), stories by our members and Hall of Fame honorees. In a place of books — thousands of them — we are making yet another.
Bill offers wisdom on the Big Picture, Nancy is the queen of beginnings, Currie keeps the standards high even though she is the bearer of good or bad news, Angela tells it straightforward in her delightful British accent, and I laugh at her succinct summaries while submitting my own editing suggestions, and Louise keeps it soft and keeps us in line.
It’s a lot of work, it will hold us captive for a while, but it is rewarding to watch an anthology of maybe 25 or 30 writers take shape. It’s fun to let it trickle toward title and cover and to know that one day, the culmination of all our hard and diligent efforts will be sitting on a shelf at Barnes and Noble, not too far from where it was conceived.
And so we work … and agree … and disagree … and laugh at each other … and melt to the consensus of the group. And we compile a stack of stories to send on to our editing teams.