Editor Interview: PULP Literature

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

A: Stunner Stories,Beer opt.

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

A: Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. Maybe helpful to add I'm really done with Glimmer Train.

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

A: JK Rowling, Alice Munro, Ursula LeGuin, Diana Gabaldon, Flannery O'Connor, Bob Thurber, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, CS Lewis

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

A: We are both FUN and Literary. Emphasis on the fun. We want a story that draws us in, not puts us to sleep or makes us feel we're back in grad school.

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

A: Have patience for a response. We really do read every submission, and it takes some time.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: It has a great opening, a strong character, a voice that grabs me, and the suspense is killing me so that I want to read on to find out what happens. There's no backstory dump, just smooth writing. (Notice that we actually want a STORY.)

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

A: Just two lines of bio is enough. Don't list every publication credit, it really looks like notches on a belt, and we don't want to be the next notch.

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

A: Two readers will look at most of the story. Before rejecting, we always read enough to give sensible feedback to the author.

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

A: I wish I had a 42 hour day. (Is that what dyslexic people get?)

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

A: I love email! I hate email! I love Twitter! I hate Twitter! OMG Facebook! As soon as I'm done with this interview, I'm going to sit down with an old-fashioned paperback book. (But it sure is nice to get online submissions, we use Google Drive for our editing slushpile. I love Google Drive!)