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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 was enormously inspirational.)

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

A: A random dozen from the bookshelf: Don DeLillo, Deborah Levy, Nicholson Baker, Will Self, Martin Amis, JG Ballard, John Banville, Kurt Vonnegut, Franz Kafka, Alain Robbe-Grillet, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow.

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

A: Typishly responds to all submissions in one day with a personalized note, because it’s encouraging to know someone has read and thought about your work. I founded Typishly to inspire writers while providing a beautiful home for their short story or poem, no matter how much effort it takes, no matter how many hours it consumes, seven days a week. I bring years of experience as a Creative Director, mentoring writers. Don’t expect a page of detailed feedback: I read everything we receive, so I don’t have time to teach writing. I'm simply trying to inspire writers by briefly pointing out phrases and ideas worth noting. (As a bonus, countless writers have told me 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. (Typishly strives to be warm and welcoming to writers, whether you've been published 300 times or never before. Even my "maybe next time" notes are friendly.)

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: If you can make me lean back in my chair and gaze out the window after reading your work, you're in. I'm inspired by creativity, imagination, the unexpected.

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

A: We don’t publish poems with words spaced artistically across the page because they do not display properly on smartphone screens.

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 welcome.

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

A: I respond to all submissions in one day with a personalized note, so I read everything all the way to the end. I'm looking for phrases and ideas that resonate with me. My aim is to encourage and inspire writers who fall short.

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 with a personalized note in just one day.

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

A: 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: 99.9% of the writing on Typishly is straight from the writer without edits on our end. We fix typos and basic grammatical errors. But writing that needs more work than that gets turned down.