2008 anthologies

I’m now listing over 50 anthologies on the 2008 anthologies page. I’m amazed at the number of anthologies coming out, and the number that hope to be series.  There is something happening out there in publishing. I’ve heard different theories about what, but nothing completely covers it. There is a contraction in the marketplace, with people turning from magazines to anthologies, but I’m not sure how pronounced it is.  The one thing I do think – and this harks to the recent SF Signal mindmeld piece, is that lovers of short fiction are probably going to end up having to pay more to get their fix.  If there are fewer readers and a smaller market, but the cost of production isn’t changing much, then increased prices seem inevitable.