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Editor Interview: Baobab Press

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

A: Splendid inventions.

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

A: Graywolf Press, 11:11 Books, Rescue Press, Dzanc, Coffee House Books, FSG Originals, FC2, Black Lawrence Press, Black Ocean, Deep Vellum, Two Dollar Radio, Sarabande, and so many more

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

A: My favorite writers are Louise Erdrich, Cormac McCarthy, James Baldwin, Tessa Fontaine, Michael Martone, James Welch, Denis Johnson, Anne Carson, Leslie Marmon Silko, and so many more!

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

A: Are willingness to champion potential and work with (willing) authors to get the most out of a manuscript we feel is not quite ready, but has the possibility to be amazing.

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

A: Take your time and turn in completed visions. It also helps to know the market in order to explain how your manuscript is exceptional among its peers.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Inventive content. Interesting, not confounding formal elements. Strong voice that isn't solely direct inward. Place is distinct, or intentionally indistinct. The author is familiar with our catalog and their manuscript's role among its ranks.

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

A: We only publish manuscripts, but we get single stories, essays, and poem clusters sent to us on the regular.

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

A: We will read your cover letter. Keep it simple. Include an email address.

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

A: There is not a magic page number. I read the things that we publish all the way to the end, if that helps.

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

A: Multiple editors and readers offer opinions on any given text. If the chain of readership remains unbroken the book is usually published after a lengthy discussion.

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

A: Nothing to it really. We read your book. If we really like it, we are honored to get the opportunity to publish it.

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

A: I think a good mix is healthy. E-subs helped expand our submissions pool which led/will lead to a more robust and diverse catalog. Hopefully, that will not come at the expense of excluding others, and we believe that while it is more than fair to have our preferences, we should remain open to more analog modes of conversation and submission practices.

Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: Always more editing than the author wants! (That's a joke. Simmer down.)

Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?

A: Yes,