How we came to publish this one
This was our 2022 anthology challenge. We invited writers to submit stories on the theme of “evergreen" but we didn't necessarily mean Christmas trees.
Debz and I take it in turns naming a theme. We usually take one that relates to Christmas but suggest the writer subverts it somewhat.
Some notes about the process
We only usually do at most two stages of editing on these. The stories don’t need any structural editing really as we have chosen them because they are structurally sound. We look for: a good story, relevance to the theme, (and there is some scope of originality here) good writing and professionalism. The latter has a lot to do with how well the text is presented.
There is perhaps an obvious connection between the title of the collection and the cover image. We look for something on Pixabay, usually. We prefer landscape photos with the focal point on the right. There must be some bland space for the title and also on the left-hand side so that we can write a blurb.
Some notes about style
Some stories are more literary some are more everyday.
Who we think the reader is
Who is the Bridge House reader? Yes, to some extent they are always the friends, family, fans and followers of our individual authors and the authors themselves. We hope we are also getting a following because those readers like all of our works.
We are stacking up these anthologies. After all, we’ve been going since 2008.
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