Hi Lynne! Good to hear your thoughts on anthology publication. I think anyone who edits anthologies is the salt of the earth. No, the salt of the salt of the earth! So much hard work to bring other people’s stories to general attention, while the anthologist herself fades into the background.
I was especially impressed by your decision to open the anthologies to all-comers – in the full realisation that that would mean a huge amount of time spent reading poor-to-average fiction. What a thing to subject your brain to! But you did it in the hope of finding the rare unexpected gem, the unpublished author who deserved publication, the story that might otherwise lie forever forgotten. There must be a tremendous inner satisfaction in the feeling that, yes, I helped unearth a real talent, I helped create that success. Like making the universe a slightly fairer place – you made it happen!
More power to you, I say! Three cheers, and three hundred more!