Just a quick update on my progress with “Backstreets.” I had some quality, uninterrupted time to read and edit the stories in “Backstreets.” I also found some advice blogs about how to set the order of the stories in an anthology like I am writing.
The takeaway is to first put your favorite story first, and title story, if there is one, doesn’t need to be the first in the book. Also, think of the book as a tent and the stories at tent-poles. Put the longer and/or stronger stories spaced throughout the book to hold up the tent.
I also rated my stories from 1 as sad, or negative, to 5 as lighter and positive. I am dispersing the sad stories through the book and not group them together.
Patience dear readers. I am making progress. I currently have 52 versions and revisions totaling 33161 words and 132 pages.