I've got a decision to make and I'm stumped. No, it doesn't have to do with the title contest for the new Powers collection(although that's going to be tough too, because there are a lot of good entries so far). My dilemma is that I have to decide on the order that the stories in the book will appear.
My first reaction was to make it simple: have the first half of the book the published stories, and then the second half the unpublished ones. Or visa versa. But then I wonder whether this is a good idea. Will people tend to think that the unpublished stories won't have 'merit' because they weren't published and use that preconceived notion when they're reading them?
Another is to do chronological, but that's a problem because some of the unpublished stories don't have any records as to when they were written.
Another idea is to just make it random. Or alphabetical order.
I'm still leaning towards the first idea (half/half), but I'd appreciate any comments on this. What have some of you done that have published anthologies? What kind of guidelines did you follow, if any?
I know it's a problem that many people would kill to have. But that doesn't help me decide!