Editor Interview: Typishly

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

A: Very creative writing.

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

A: The Paris Review. (Walking around Paris after midnight on New Year's Eve changed the way I look at the world.)

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

A: When I was 12, I binge-read Ian Fleming's James Bond series. Then came Kurt Vonnegut, Franz Kafka, Louis-Ferdinand CĂ©line, Alain Robbe-Grillet, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, JG Ballard, William Gibson, Tom Robbins, John Banville, Rachel Cusk, Nicholson Baker, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Will Self...

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

A: We work very hard on our web design. Countless writers have told us that their work looks better on Typishly than anywhere else they've appeared.

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

A: Don't be afraid to submit. (Even my "maybe next time" notes are friendly.)

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: I look for writing that knocks me off kilter. If you can make me reconsider long-held beliefs, challenge my perception of reality, surprise me, make me smile with a clever phrase, build something good from an unexpected premise, make me lean back in my chair and gaze out the window, you're in.

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

A: I read every cover letter and bio, because I'm genuinely interested in writers. But previous credits won't help you get published on Typishly. The quality of the submission is what matters most. Newbies are definitely welcome.

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

A: I read everything all the way to the end. I can tell in 20 seconds whether I'm reading something that might make it into our pages, but I do look for ways to encourage writers who fall short. Whenever I can, I try to find a snippet of their work that resonated most with me and point it out in my response note.

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

A: I'm online all the time. When I receive a notification 'ping' that a writer has sent something to Typishly, I usually can't resist having a look. I read submissions at any time of day and well into the night. That's why I'm able to respond within a week.

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

A: I resisted buying an e-reader for years because I love the tactile experience of turning paper pages. But there's no going back now. Typishly is an online publication because I live online. Half of our readers are visiting us on smartphones.

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

A: 99% of the writing on Typishly is straight from the writer without edits on our end. I fix typos. But writing that needs more work than that gets turned down.

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

A: We submit three stories and three poems to the Pushcart Prize.