Do you want to put together an anthology, boxed set, or ebook bundle, but aren’t sure where to start, nor how to effectively handle promotion? Or are you an author interested in collaborating with other authors on a project, but don’t know what this will entail?
Whether you’re creating a collection or an author participating in one, Bundle Up! can help you! The more aware you are of what’s involved, the more efficient and productive you—and the project—will be.
Today’s software tools make it faster and easier to create collections of stories and books than ever before. They also provide new and innovative ways to create—and promote—these projects.
If you’re an author and are considering participating in a multi-author collection, this book will provide you information about what to expect, how to contribute to promotion, and how to make the most out of your participation in the project.
If you’re a curator organizing a multi-author collection, this book will walk you through the many decisions you’ll need to make and will help you make your project more efficient and successful.
Bundle Up! is currently only available through the NaNoWriMo Writing Tools bundle, a collection of twelve books on writing put together by Kevin J. Anderson for National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). This bundle will be for sale through the end of November 2018. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to benefit the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a non-profit group created by the families of the crew of the Challenger shuttle.
“Jamie Ferguson knows what she’s talking about when it comes to bundle and anthology curation. These collaborative works require effective organization, communication, and vision. You have to put in the time, and Jamie goes above and beyond. When I get an invitation from Jamie, I jump on it without hesitation; she’s that effective as a curator.”
– Allyson Longueira, Publisher of WMG Publishing, Inc.
“Jamie Ferguson is not only talented at putting together quality anthologies and bundles, but she is a dream to work with.”
–– Dean Wesley Smith, New York Times bestselling author
“I’ve been honored to participate in several of Jamie Ferguson’s bundles. From start to finish, she demonstrated a deep knowledge of the process, including all the tasks needed to make for a successful launch. If there’s one person I’d ask for guidance on putting together a bundle or box set, it would be Jamie.”
– Eric K. Edstrom
“Jamie Ferguson was the first person I know who pushed herself into the new world of bundles and other collaborative projects. She knows her stuff. Beyond that, she’s a complete joy to work with.”
– Ron Collins
“Jamie is a genius at organization and planning. I always look forward to getting an invitation for one of her collections.”
– DeAnna Knippling
“I had never seen a professional cat herder in action until I saw Jamie curate a bundle.”
“Bundle curation is a curious mix of left-brain / right-brain. Jamie excels at the artistic aspects while systematically keeping the production, publication, and marketing processes moving forward smoothly.”
– Chuck Heintzelman, Founder of BundleRabbit.com
“Jamie has an eye for detail that is unsurpassed, which makes each bundle a thing of beauty with a shining patina of professionalism. She has a good grip on the process and manages timelines and her authors with wit and gentle prodding. Her deft touch at editing makes her a pleasure to work with.”
– Thea Hutcheson
“When I graduated to trying to set up my own bundle, Jamie was the person I went to for advice. She was generous with her time and knowledge and I’m not surprised that she could write a book on bundling! She really is the bundle queen, having put together many of them. She’s not afraid to try different marketing strategies and organization. She let me know what worked for her and what things hadn’t, but might work for someone else. Her research into doing bundles and marketing them was thorough and I was more than grateful for the time she spent with me when I had questions.”
– Bonnie Elizabeth (curator of the Fantastic Feline Heroes bundle)
“I had never heard of a “bundle” and was unfamiliar with the entire concept until Jamie (Ferguson) explained the concept with such knowledge and enthusiasm that I was immediately inspired. And I have to say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. As an editor/curator is both professional and understanding not only to the needs of her authors but to the desires of the reading public.”
—P. D. Cacek
“I had no idea how much went on behind the scenes of bundles until I started working with Jamie. Timing, composition, deadlines: she has bundling down to a science.”
“Jamie’s everything a writer would want in a curator–organized, efficient, and a dream to work with. She knows her stuff, and I couldn’t be happier with the bundles she’s curated that include my stories.”
“Jamie is organized, efficient, and a true pleasure to work with. I wish she could curate all the bundles I’ve been in.”
—Bestselling Author Dayle A. Dermatis
“Jamie is a top-notch curator with great organizational skills. She knows how to keep projects on track and on time at every stage from concept, to writer invitations, to publication, and spreading the word.”
—T. Thorn Coyle, author of The Witches of Portland
“Jamie Ferguson does such a great job putting these stories together. She’s a consummate pro.”
“Jamie is an exceptional curator and a pleasure to work with. She maximizes a project’s potential success with her knowledge, experience, organization, and communication.”
—David H. Hendrickson
“Jamie Ferguson is a master at creating bundles. She is efficient, organized, and creates intriguing copy and covers for the work. I’m always thrilled to be included in one of her projects.”
“Jamie Ferguson has been a delight to work with. The projects she compiles are always compelling and diverse. Doing everything from start to finish, she really makes being a part of a project both simple and exciting. The covers of her projects compel the eye while her titles engage a potential reader in a way not often seen in the emerging Bundles market. In addition, Jamie is always gracious and kind in her dealing with the less experienced, always willing to answer questions and guide those who need guidance. In all ways I can imagine, she truly is a forerunner, paving new roads for the future of anthologies and collections and the indie author.”
Jamie has curated ten multi-author collections and is working on many more, including a monster-themed anthology series she’s co-editing with DeAnna Knippling. She’s also a member of the Uncollected Anthology, an urban and contemporary fantasy author collective, which she joined in the spring of 2018.
She loves creating colorful spreadsheets and has spent her day job career working in software. She’s worked as a developer, product manager, engineering manager, and is currently working as a technical program manager at a large, high-tech company where she creates order out of chaos.
In her fiction, Jamie focuses on getting into the minds and hearts of her characters, whether she’s writing about a saloon girl in the Old West, a man who discovers the barista he’s in love with is a naiad, or a ghost who haunts the house she was killed in—even though that house no longer exists.
Jamie lives in Colorado and spends her free time in a futile quest to wear out her two border collies, since she hasn’t given in and gotten them their own herd of sheep. Yet.