My story, The Best Christmas Present Ever, appears in this just-published anthology pictured above. I received no payment for the story, other than a free copy of the book. The story is one that has been published twice before and was a contest winner.
A controversial issue has been, and probably always will be, whether writers should give away their work. In other words, should they write for free? There are many valid points on both sides of the argument but today, we'll only address one.
When the royalties go to a reputable charity, many writers do consider submitting their work. The only pay they receive in a book like the anthology shown above is knowing that they have contributed to a charitable group. In this case, the royalties go to The Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. Right now, their focus is on helping refugees in the Middle East to flee war-torn areas. The group is nondenominational but identifies as an evangelical Christian group that has helped people around the world since 1970.
Yvonne Lehman has compiled an anthology series called Moments that benefits this well-known charity. Already an author in her own right, with 57 novels, she has published several Moments books. The stories are not required to be religious. Some of the titles are about such mundane activities as 'culinary mistakes' or 'romantic moments.'
Payment is one copy of the published book and a discount on more books to purchase. As an author of one of the stories in any of the anthologies, you can sell the books at regular price for profit, if you wish.
Below is a recent call for submissions and guidelines.
Take a look at previous Moments books that Grace Published has released, particularly the first one, Divine Moments, to see what we accept. The article length is anywhere from about 500-2000 words or so. I’ve even included poems and some written by children. So the guidelines aren’t strict. The main point is the context of the article. I like them sent as an attachment to an email, times new roman, 12-point type. Include on the article: name, mailing address for the one free copy, and email address. Send to me at: email@example.com
Already published are: Divine Moments, Christmas Moments, Spoken Moments, Precious Precocious Moments, More Christmas Moments, Stupid Moments, Additional Christmas Moments. Loving Moments will be released early 2017.
We’ve just decided to release Christmas Moments Book #4 (no final title yet) in 2017. Would like to have those by end of December.
I’m also accepting for:
Romantic Moments (falling in love, puppy love, marriage, dating, second time around, weddings, flowers, mother-of-bride, bridesmaids, anything to do with personal love or planning a wedding, etc.)
Coola-nary Moments (culinary mishaps or unusual cooking experiences, recipes. I have one about making mud pies when a child)
Questionable Moments (Author’s response to questions asked by God/Jesus in the Bible, or implied, such as “Where are you?” “Where are you going?” “Do you love me?” “Do you believe?” "Where is your faith?” “What do you want?” etc. etc.
Personal Titanic Moments - This one still in idea stage (Highs and Lows of Life - Grandeur and Disaster)
Might as well plan another Christmas one for 2018.
No payments. Authors get one free copy, discount on orders, and all royalties go to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization that helps victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through his son, Jesus Christ. www.samaritanspurse.org
The articles are written by both multi-published, and beginning or non-published writers.
The story is the important thing. We will appreciate your letting others know about this. If you have other questions, let me know.