Editor Interview: Transmundane Press
Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: Extraordinary and Unusual
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: I am absolutely in love with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, and Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire series.
More recently, I've enjoyed Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles, Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing, and Justin Gustainis' The Occult Crimes Unit series.
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: Our mentoring and rigorous editing process promises clean language, developed plots and characters, and thought-provoking themes.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Read your work aloud; this allows you to hear the flow of your language and see where your mind fills in stuff that’s not on the page. It also helps with repetition.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: My geek button is satirical social conformity aimed at young adults: think The Giver, The Hunger Games, or Feed.
I'm also a fan of paranormal--vampires, shape-shifters, mermaids, faeries, unicorns, witches, and dragons, etc.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: Formatting. Format your manuscript properly, including file name, page numbers, and spacing/indentation. It really makes a difference and shows you can follow directions.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: I like when authors include their professional bio.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: If I'm bored enough to start skimming, I can tell it isn't right for me.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
A: For novels, it may go through our acquisitions editor, but they often go through me before acceptance. For short stories, both Anthony and I must agree to accept it.
Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?
A: We provide substantive editing, line editing, copy editing, and/or basic proofreading, and the author has the final say on the changes to their manuscript.