Here is the last interview of my Crimelines Anthology series, and today I’m talking to Editor
You’ve edited the Timelines Anthology, did you find this one easier to do after this experience?
Yes and no. I think with every new anthology come new challenges.
Livi, who edited Crimelines with me, and I are really used to working with each other now, which is great. We are totally on the same page when it comes to editing and we look for similar things in a story. I feel very lucky to be working with her. We collaborated with the Manchester School of Art last time and because of this, it was much easier this time around.
What was harder was the amount of stories we received and read. For Timelines we looked at perhaps 18 stories. 17 ended up in Timelines. For Crimelines we read about 30 stories, 21 making it into the anthology. Continue reading
The Timelines Anthology launch took place on October 19th at the John Rylands library.
The place is simply magical. It was a first for many of us to be reading our story out loud in front of an audience. And I believe the atmospheric rooms were perfect to set the scene of historical stories.
I will not go into details of the day, as there is a really god one on the Manchester Children’s book Festival blog.
Instead I will talk about my personal experience reading my own story.
I was really nervous before, so I seeked advice from an actress friend. And the key, she said, was just enjoy reading my story. She said: ” If you are enjoying yourself, and having a good time, everybody will.”
And I believe this is a really good advice.
In our series of Timelines interview, today I am talking to one of the editor,
[©2013 to L. Michael]
Can you describe your work as editor of the Timelines Anthology,
My work as editor has mainly involved reading and editing and proof-reading all the stories several times; coming up with a title for the anthology and viewing the illustrations.
As part of my Master Degree at MMU, we have been offered the extraordinary chance to take part in a collection of short stories. The theme was history. So I took my chance and wrote a short story. And after drafts and redrafts and more rewriting my story was accepted.
The book will be launched in Manchester at the John Rylands Library on Deansgate on October 19th 2013 as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.
On a personal level I am so proud to be part of this adventure, especially as it is with fellow MA friends who just happen to be wonderful authors
And I can honestly say their stories rock: With them you will take part in a Napoleon war, catch a glimps of an elephant in the night, be a chimney sweepers in the Dickens time, experience a witch hunt, jump from a plane and take part in a riot in Leicester. All that in one book.
The book will on sale from October 19th, so watch out for links to get your copy of this exciting collection of short stories.