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It’s a field day for first-time writers with short story anthologies filling book shelves.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: April 4, 2013 12:59 am

It’s a field day for first-time writers with short story anthologies filling book shelves.

A Few months ago,when Upneet Grover,author of Cricket Till I Die,came up with the idea of writing short stories along with writer Vivek Banerjee,they faced a unique problem. “After getting through with some of the stories,repetitiveness set in,and the stories were not sounding good,” says Grover. They decided to reach out to new writers with potential,to give the book a wider perspective. The result was Shades of Sin,a book launched in March,this year.

Comprising 25 stories written by six writers,of which three are first-timers,the experiment,says Grover,not only introduced new writers but also gave them a chance to broaden the idea of the book. “Shades of Sin is a collection of short stories based on the various emotions that people go through. With three first-timers coming on board,we had a complete book. They gave the much-needed change in writing styles that we both were looking for,” he says.

According to Grover,anthologies sell better than short stories by individual writers. “They have different angles to them and the readers get a diverse range of stories to read. New writers are encouraged when they see their name in print and the publishers benefit from the sales of the books,” he says.

While the market for anthologies of short stories is yet to pick up,the trend works in favour of new writers. The thought is seconded by Roshan Radhakrishnan,who has been a writer for the Urban Shots collection. Launched last month,the book,Ten Shades of Life,has stories of 10 authors writing in different genres. The publisher of the book,Nethra Anjappa says,“On Fablery.com,we ran a monthly contest to pick one winner in one particular section. The response we saw was phenomenal. This helped the first-time writers to cross over to the side of published writers.”

Even publication houses are open to the idea,says Grover. “It gives the book visibility when there are known names on it. Shades of Sin was sold out thrice on Flipkart,” he says.

From the marketing point of view,Ali Fajandar,director,Grey Oak Publishers,says,“We had writers such as Paritosh Uttam and Ahmed Faiyaz,edit two of our anthologies — Urban Shots : Bright Lights and Crossroads. They are also contributing writers on the anthologies. Since both are established names on the writing circuit,readers pick up the books faster.” While Bright Lights features stories by writers other than Uttam,Crossroads has 26 writers,of which most are first timers.

The success of the experiment has prompted Grover to take up a second venture soon. “It’s in the finalisation process but we will be looking for new writers to come on board,” he says.

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