Monday, January 13, 2014

The Anthology Club - A Caution

Out and about on my market searching I've been running across submission calls that come from members of a site call Anthology Club.  It's basically a writers collective that publishes their own anthologies.  It's free to join and joining is the only way you can submit to the anthologies.  It's my understanding that writers whose stories are accepted for an anthology share the profits, but I don't know who is paying the upfront front costs.  You  can check it out here.  Tread lightly out there, my friends.


M.S. Manz said...

Hi Sandra,

My name is Michael Manz. I'm the one who started the Anthology Club, and I am the one paying the upfront costs. :)

I appreciate the mention, and I can probably fill in some of the blanks for you.

Anthologies for the club are proposed by members, who then act as editors for their own project. They collect submissions, request edits, and so forth. Once they are happy with the stories they pass them on to me and I take care of formatting, copy editing, cover art and all that good stuff.

Revenue is shared as follows: 15% for the club, 5% for the editor, and the remaining 80% is split amongst the contributors equally by contributor credits. One story = 1 credit, so if you have 3 stories in an anthology you get three shares of that 80%. The editor can also be (and almost always is) a contributor, so they would get their contributor share as well as their editor share.

I think that covers most of the basics, but I invite you to sign up and check out the forums on the site to see what's going on. we have a handful of great projects underway over the next few months, and our first anthology is in the process of getting prettied up for release.

If you, or any of your readers have questions, feel free to contact me directly at

sandra seamans said...

Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Manz. It's always good to get as much information as possible before signing up for any project.

M.S. Manz said...

It's also good to get as much information as possible before speaking against or cautioning people about a project — or any information at all, for that matter. You wouldn't recommend something without checking it out, why would you recommend against something without the same basic knowledge of it?

You might want to consider contacting people in the future and, oh, I don't know, asking a question or two rather than tossing a handful of supposition and vague murmurings of unease in the air to see what sticks. That would be the least you could do.

sandra seamans said...

I've always felt that it's the responsibility of the site owner to put all their cards up front for people to see. Having to join a site, even if it's free, isn't doing the job properly.

All I did was point writers in the direction of your site and tell them to be sure and check everything out before submitting. This is something every writer should do, but some beginners aren't aware of the dangers that are out there.

I didn't tell them not to submit, only to be careful when they did and make sure that they had all the information they needed.

I feel it's up to the individual writers to do the research, I just point them in the direction of the markets and let them know if something about the site concerns me.