Editor Interview: (Short) Fiction Collective

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: A variety of fiction

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Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?

A: Way to many to list but I'll try. Raymond Chandler, Bret Easton Ellis, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Albert Camus, David Foster Wallace among others. My taste is eclectic and I hope that the site reflects that.

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Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: The fact that I make it a point of treating writers and their stories with the upmost respect. I don't like to hold stories hostage and making writers wait for weeks, or months, on end for a response. That's why I guarantee a personal response within 72 hours. Also, previous publishing history is much less important to me. I prefer to read, and publish, quality work, regardless of if it's from a new author or seasoned veteran.

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Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: Read, read and read some more! Get to know some of the stories that have already been published and see if your writing fits in with our tastes.

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Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission is one that shows a passion for the craft of writing. Please don't send us something that you just finished without looking it over. Also, it would help to include something in your emailed submission letting me know that you're human. I hate a submission that reads "Dear Publisher" etc... because it shows that the writer hasn't taken the time to read the site and find my name.

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Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: They include a lengthy author biography when it's not really necessary. Let the work speak for itself.

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Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: Not at all. I'd actually prefer a well written piece that comes along with nothing more than a courteous greeting than the long winded cover letter thing.

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Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?

A: I try my hardest to read every piece to the end because each story deserves that much. I can usually tell within the first few sentences if the story is right for us but maybe the second half of a story is perfect and I would potentially miss out on that if I simply judged a story by its opening. So yes, I do read everything just in case.

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Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?

A: Well this is a labor love and it's a one man organization so its pretty hectic. I'm reading on the go, most times on my way to school. I love the process of exchanging dialogue with writers and actually feel a sense of joy when I sign in to my account and find a full inbox.

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