Editor Interview: The Rabbit Hole Anthology Series

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

A: Weird short fiction

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

A: SciFi Lampoon Magazine

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

A: Victor Acquista
Curtis Bausse
GD Deckard
Atthys J Gage
Bill McCormick
Perry Palin
Carl E Reed
Mimi Speike

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

A: Proceeds got to the Against Malaria Foundation

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

A: Read the guidelines page and then let your imagination wander.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Weird romance. Couples who’ve escaped from it, couples desperate to get in. Couples who may not be couples at all, or if they are, they’re certainly very weird: Narcissus and his reflection, God and the Virgin Mary, Eija-Riitter Berliner-Mauer (who fell in love with the Berlin Wall, but when it got torn down started dating a garden fence)… Or male and female in one – what could be weirder than that? Do you know the Potter Angelfish? It starts life as a female, then switches over to male – a handy technique used by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, though in the opposite direction.

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

A: Failure to read and understand the submission guidelines.

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

A: A normal "Author Bio" blurb is sufficient. We don't care if you wrote one of the books of the Bible. Your submitted story will be judged on its own merits.

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

A: We read all of it.

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

A: Two main steps. Initial readings to pick out the best pieces. Then, working with the authors to get the works edited.

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

A: Morning coffee on the lanai while reading or editing submissions. Email exchanges with the authors and other editors. More coffee, some video gaming, and an evening with my Lady.

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

A: The 'Net is essential for gathering and sharing information with the widest possible range of those in the writing life.

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

A: Some, but if extensive work is required, and if we're interested enough in the submitted work, we'll send it back to the author to fix.

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

A: We do sometimes publish an anthology of "the best" stories that previously appeared.