231: Crafting an Anthology from Beginning to End – Interview with Caroline Donahue

Hey there word nerds!

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Caroline Donahue on the show!

Caroline is an American writer living in Berlin, and the host of The Secret Library Podcast (where I’ve had the good fortune of being a guest!).

She is also the co-editor, with Dal Kular, of the essay anthology I Wrote it Anyway, which is all about writers overcoming obstacles in order to do the work they love.

Proceeds from this anthology benefits Arts Emergency in the UK and 826 LA in the US. I happen to be a huge fan of 826, having volunteered for several years at the NYC branch, so when Caroline put out a call for submissions, I immediately raised my hand.

Now listen in as Caroline and I chat about this amazing project, and do a deep dive into the process of crafting an anthology from beginning to end.

In this episode Caroline and I discuss:

  • A step-by-step process of putting an anthology together.
  • The importance of choosing your editorial stance early on.
  • How to handle the submission process.
  • The biggest hurdles to look out for when crafting an anthology.
  • Tricks to help you overcome blocks and write anyway.

Plus, Caroline’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/231

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