Working on my short story collection THE THROES OF CRIME, one of the things I didn’t think much about at first was the order the stories would appear in. I only started paying attention as the publication date grew close.
I tried to put the stories in a sensible order, considering things like theme, pacing, setting, and recurring characters. Whether or not I succeeded is, of course, up to each reader to decide, but here are some of the resources I consulted to at least develop a strategy.
Storyville: Tips on Putting Together a Short Story Collection by Richard Thomas
How Should You Order A Short Story Collection? by Nathan S. McNamara
Ten Tips for Organizing a Short Story Collection by John Fox
Organising a Story Collection by Tim Love