Anthologies for Writers Groups: An Interview with Marianne H. Donley

Episode 153I Anthologies for Writers Groups


Today’s guest is Marianne H. Donley, a writer who has worked with her writers group to put out several fiction anthologies over the last several years. She uses this experience as an example for her tips and suggestions for you if you’re thinking about getting some writers together and creating an anthology.

There are a lot of pieces and parts to consider if you want to put together a multi-author anthology. It takes far more time than you think it will, especially for whomever edits it. (Unless you hire out an editor, the best editor in your group is going to need to read every story and give notes where appropriate.)

You also will have to cover all the production items within your group, or decide how to pay for hiring it out – editing, cover design, formatting, etc. Someone will have to be in charge of the uploading – and under whose name will that be? That segues into the topic of money – will the costs come from one person or evenly from the group? And how will proceeds from sales be distributed? Or will you offer the book for free?

These are just a small sampling of the many issues Marianne helps us consider as she walks us through the process of creating an anthology. Here are links to some of the things she mentioned:

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable ezine:
Submit to the ezine
Short Story Award contest page
Bethlehem Writers Group anthologies

A Slice of Orange:
…and its bookstore
Request to be an interviewed author

Charmed Writers free Flash Fiction book (and description includes information on how to join):

5-Minute Covers (may or may not still be in business):

The Book Designer with Joel Friedlander:

About the author, Kitty

Kitty Bucholtz writes superhero urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. After earning her M.A. in Creative Writing, she formed Daydreamer Entertainment and began self-publishing. Founder of the WRITE NOW! Workshop and the new WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast, she loves to teach in person and online. Learn more at


  1. Marianne on 08/08/2019 at 8:28 AM

    Thanks for having me, Kitty.

    • Kitty Bucholtz on 09/02/2019 at 7:49 AM

      Always great to talk to you, Marianne! Thanks for sharing so many tips! 🙂

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