BYB 002: Talking Anthologies With Jen Mann Of People I Want To Punch In The Throat

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I was am incredibly excited to share with you my interview with Jen Mann, the creative mind behind the blog People I Want To Punch In The Throat, and the editor and publisher behind the popular anthologies I Just Want to Pee Alone and I Just Want to Be Alone.  Jen has a hilarious new book coming out in just a few weeks called: People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges. (yep, those were affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and subsequently make a purchase of any item from within a 24 hour period, we will receive a small commission from at no additional cost to you.  Read our disclosure policy for more details.)

Listen to our 25 minute interview with Jen, and come away knowing everything you need in order to submit your best writing to be considered for one or both of Jen’s current anthology submission opportunities!

Talking Anthologies With Jen Mann of People I Want To Punch In The Throat

This interview includes

  • How Jen took her blog FROM A FEW FOLLOWERS TO THOUSANDS practically overnight
  • Why she decided to CREATE AN ANTHOLOGY (and another, and another…)
  • What the COMPETITION looks like if you are responding to her two current anthology submission calls
  • Why you DON’T HAVE TO HAVE KIDS TO SUBMIT to her graduation-themed/teen advice anthologies
  • How to WRITE SOMETHING THAT JEN WILL LOVE (and what not to write)
  • The SUBMISSION DEADLINE for her new anthologies and WHEN YOU CAN EXPECT TO HEAR BACK if you submit
  • How Jen channeled her experience as PTO president and other suburban encounters into the NEW PIWTPITT BOOK


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About the Author

Susan Maccarelli

Susan Maccarelli is the creator of Beyond Your Blog, a site helping bloggers successfully submit their writing for publishing opportunities beyond their personal blogs. She also offers online training and consulting to new bloggers looking for direction on submitting their writing for publication. Susan has interviewed dozens of editors from publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and speaks at many respected writing and blogging conferences.

21 Comments on “BYB 002: Talking Anthologies With Jen Mann Of People I Want To Punch In The Throat”

  1. I cannot WAIT to listen to this… I am sure I will learn so many great things!! Two more days with kids home… will book mark this for Wednesday!!!! Thank you so much for sharing Jen’s insight and wisdom for our benefit!! I love this site- so glad I subscribed. 🙂

  2. OMG! I loved this and loved hearing Jen’s insight on how she picks her pieces. I’m also so honored that you loved my piece! I really do hope you yell “That’s Beans, B*tch!” whenever you’re making beans.

    And let me know if you want my taco soup recipe. And yes, it has beans. 🙂

    1. I say it all the time – whether or not I am cooking with beans. It’s a little out of control. That was such a funny story!

  3. This was a great interview! I normally don’t have the attention span to listen to something in its entirety and I did with this! It’s funny because I was one of the people who Jen reached out to for her “I Just Want to Be Alone” anthology. I was THRILLED she had heard of me. I worked really hard on my submission and I didn’t make the cut. I was bummed for a few minutes but really the opportunity to submit and have a new topic to write about overpowered the disappointment. Jen was very gracious and kind in her “rejection.” I’m not sure if mine was one of her “drafted” responses (probably) but it was kind nonetheless and it hasn’t stopped me from continuing on my writing endeavors and it won’t deter me from submitting to the current project. You never know what’s going to hit or miss…the key is to just keep trying! Great, great interview!!

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback! I can totally see your style of writing in her anthologies and you should be really impressed you got a personal invitation, even if it didn’t work out for the book. You should do your own anthology about OB/GYN visits, because your post about that is HILARIOUS!!! I read it periodically just for fun. HA!

      1. hahaha Susan- I will have to work on a collection of Short stories involving my escapades at the Lady-Parts doctor!!!
        Jen, super excited you’re doing more anthologies and that you didn’t just hide under your covers sucking your thumb like I might have done if I had gotten a million hits in a night– It was fun to listen in on how your process works and what you’re looking for.
        Thank you both for doing this- helping other bloggers and “paying it forward.” Very cool.

  4. Thanks for sharing this! I met Jen in Chicago two years ago – the cutest, kindest, most gracious person! She’s sent me a kind note a time or two and I just love her. So happy to hear this podcast. Thanks!

  5. What a great interview – it made folding laundry much more entertaining! I’m working on my submission now – as Jen said, the worst that can happen is it’s not accepted and I have a blog post to show for it!

    1. Good for you Dana! And I am right there with you on podcasts – they definitely make mundane chores better (or drown out the kid noise).

  6. The planets aligned and both kids are miraculously taking naps at the same time so I was finally able to listen to the podcast. And drink a cup of coffee before it got cold. Today pretty much can’t get any better, unless the ice cream man comes by.

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