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Editor Interview: Black Death Books

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

A: Slick, imaginative tales.

Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: From what I've seen of Morrigan Books, I like what they're doing.

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

A: Some of my current favorite fiction writers are K.H. Koehler, Gina Ranalli, Cate Gardner, Willie Meikle, Steve Vernon, and Rich Ristow.

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

A: What sets Black Death Books apart is its choice to be a digital publisher, rather than primarily print. Personally, I think it's a smart choice.

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

A: Make your story move. Don't take four paragraphs to tell us how your character ate his toast. Make your manuscript clean. Don't send us your first draft. And, please, follow the guidelines. I can't stress that last one enough.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission follows guidelines perfectly. The manuscript has an excellent opener that hooks the reader right away. It's so engrossing, we've raced through the submission sample in a few minutes. All of our team rave about it. We love this author, and wish there were more of them.

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

A: They submit the whole manuscript, rather than the sample packet we ask for in our guidelines.

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

A: A short, professional cover letter is great, but keep it to no more than two concise paragraphs at the most. The submitter can mention some of her publication credits in the cover letter, but a lengthy list isn't necessary.

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

A: We request a sample portion for submission, and we read this completely before we decide to reject a manuscript or request the writer submit the entire novel for consideration.

Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?

A: If we request a full manuscript, the Black Death Books staff then evaluate the novel as a team, and we come to a final, unanimous agreement on accepting it or rejecting it.

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

A: It's pretty boring, to be honest. I drink a lot of coffee, and listen to metal while I write and edit. Not much more to tell.

Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

A: Very important. The dinosaurs died out, after all. Why? Because they couldn't adapt to their new environment. That might sound crass, but it's true.