Rachael Ritchey on The Making of an Anthology.

Last November saw me alongside fifteen other authors published in The Crux Anthology. This is Rachael’s story on how it unfolded.

First things first. I would like to thank Rachael for the time and dedication she as put into running both the competition and publishing of this anthology. I can also dispel any potential possibility of bias in judging too. That was done by a panel that the authors and I were not privy to during the reading of submissions. Rachael discharged selection to them leaving us with a very diverse range of genres and writing styles.

Toward the end of last year I asked her if I could do a post on her reasons for setting up the project and what inspired the process. What follows are her exact words bar a couple of edits because we are now in 2019.

It might just be me, but I feel she has undervalued her compassion for other people, both in helping us to reach an audience through a published anthology and in her obvious empathy for those more unfortunate than us.

These things say more than simple words about the lady that is Rachael Ritchey.

As a writer and a human being, I’m always looking for ways to support my fellow people. This often leads me to look for ways to make a difference in the lives of other writers. And the idea of running a short story contest that would culminate in an anthology hit me as an idea that could have far-reaching positive results. Not only could I give other writers an outlet to shine, we could also use our creativity to raise money for a good cause by donating the profits from our anthology book to a non-profit organization.

From there we created The Crux Anthology.


Putting something like this together, even as a self-publisher, takes a lot of effort and coordination. The fifteen authors involved in the anthology process, after the contest, had to be available and open to revision work before finishing the book. We were on a deadline like any other book, but on a much shorter timeline than many traditionally published books because the goal was to publish before the end of the year (2018).

The good news is that everyone involved was just that: involved. All the authors invited to be in the anthology were willing to consider changes to improve their stories. They saw the value in constructive criticism and were able to make revisions that clarified the individual stories and deepened the ability of the ready to connect within such a short amount of words.

It was a process through which we all learned a lot! Now anyone who reads the book will have the opportunity to discover some great new authors, get a taste for different kinds of science fiction and fantasy, and make a difference in the lives of children across the world from the purchase of the book.

All book sale profits are being tracked and will be donated on a yearly basis to Compassion International, a non-profit organization serving poverty-stricken and underprivileged children across the world.


This donation is an ongoing mission while this book stays in print. We are donating instead of splitting the profits among the authors because there’s nothing better than sharing your work and sharing it with the intention of helping someone else. It’s a pay-it-forward situation where you help not only these authors gain recognition, but also help give back to those in need. We, as writers, get to give good stories to you and our earnings to those in need. That means a whole lot to us!

That old adage, “’tis better to give than to receive,” still rings true today. Let’s give something back this year.

For you to be a part of the joy of giving, you can purchase your own copy of The Crux Anthology from one of many fine retailers such as those listed below.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Amazon AU

Barnes & Noble Nook Book

Barnes & Noble Print Book

Apple iBook


All book sale profits are committed to donation to Compassion International’s “Where Most Needed” Fund. We’ll make donations once a year in January. We’ll announce the donation amount based on book sales on my own blog at rachaelritchey.com so that we can all celebrate together!

I’ve enjoyed supporting these authors through the creation of the ASF Short Story Contest and The Crux Anthology. I’m so proud of all the authors’ hard work, and I love that you’ve had a thought to not only support them by buying the book but also supporting children in need through Compassion International.

If you’d like to make a donation directly to Compassion International or sponsor a child, visit their website: www.compassion.com

Thank you for your support! We appreciate how you give back!



24 thoughts on “Rachael Ritchey on The Making of an Anthology.

Add yours

  1. Looks amazing! I didn’t realize there was an anthology last year (i’m new in these parts…) I just ordered my copy 🙂 i’ll Be sure to review it when I’m done!

    1. We were all new at some point!! Mind you I still feel new now! The anthology is a very diverse collection. Something for everyone and possibly that might mean some genres included aren’t up everyone’s street. That said I’m rather chuffed my effort was accepted!!!

      Many thanks for the order too. As you now know proceeds above printing costs are going to a good cause 😊

  2. Hi Gary, Thanks for posting this. I’ve reblogged it on https://fictioncanbefun.wordpress.com/

    This was such a great experience. Rachael was so generous with her time in the editing phase. My story got tweaked quite a lot, in part because I tried something quite experimental (a single line of dialogue in the whole story…). Throughout, Rachael was kind, supportive, informative, all the while challenging me to make the best story it could be. I didn’t win the comp, but I got a fantastic prize for entering.

    (For some reason Rachael’s been ignoring my questions about another competition though…).

    1. Should have read this first before popping over and following! You’re spot on with how Rachael approached the editing phase. It was very easy and, well OK, I might be a shade bias because she’s become a valued friend now! I digress, and… as you rightly say, supportive throughout. More so when you consider the same was going on with all our stories.

      As for winning, my take is winning is being selected to be in the book. What more can we want!

      Another competition… intriguing idea, I might well get on the case, after all…it was somewhat my fault the BlogBattle got resurrected!!

    2. haha Thank you, David! Maybe next year we can jump in with another competition of that scale. Maaaaayyyybe. 😉 You are so kind, and even though we changed the format of your story, I really think you strengthened it with your further creativity and great insight!

    1. Same here and I really ought to link up with the contributors too! I’m sure some have slipped past my net!

      Great hostess and some wonderful writers waiting for big breaks 😊

  3. I’m so far behind on my posts and things! I’m glad you shared this. Now I need to get busy and get my post done for the donation announcement. Accountability and all. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing about the anthology, Gary, and for being such a supportive part of the process as a talented writer and promoter and, ultimately, friend. <3 🙂

    1. You and me both Rachael. I’ve spent the last week catching up on emails that have been neglected way too long. I find the start of a year tremendously busy. I’ll share you post too once it’s live, obviously lol. It’s been a pleasure working on this too. Hopefully we can collaborate more soon! Not to mention my own manuscripts which I need to get organised… not that you are top of the list there or anything 😂😂

      Anything else I can do to help out just say!

        1. Now if I can just take my own advice lol.

          You’re very welcome Rachael. I must resurrect some spotlights too, maybe one to catch your beauty thief series up to date?

          Oh, this post has been reblogged a few times now too. Seems I’m not alone in appreciating all you do 😊

            1. One person bought it direct from the post and is going to review it on her blog too! One thing that always continues to amaze me is how generous bloggers are. Not only that, but how quickly strangers become friends. Never expected that when the first post went to an empty audience!!

    1. Thank you so much. I can’t big Rachael up enough! Looking forward to your BlogBattle story too. This time I’ll try and get there before comments are turned off too!!

Leave a Reply

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: