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Editor Interview: AnthologyBuilder

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

A: Authorized Reprints

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

A: Mindflights. Aoife's Kiss. ASIM. Magazines run by people who care, whose love shows through in the product they create, and who prove that a publication doesn't have to pay out gobs of money to be worthwhile.

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

A: I love Lois McMaster Bujold's work. Also Timothy Zahn, Brandon Sanderson, and a host of others. By design, though, my personal sensibilities don't have much influence on what we accept for AnthologyBuilder. We're intended to be an online repository of authorized reprints, so we look mostly at whether the place a submission was originally published meets our acceptance guidelines.

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

A: Well, we're customizable. Really. You can pick and choose any of the stories in our repository, have it bound in your own personal anthology, and we'll deliver it to your mailbox within a few weeks. Who else offers that?

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

A: Sometimes people ask us whether we'll consider a previously unpublished story. While we do take them in special circumstances, we are primarily a reprint market for stories that were originally sold to a paying publication. So if you have an unpublished story, please sell it elsewhere first, and THEN send it to us.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: We want stories that visitors can include in anthologies of their own making, so we're always especially happy so see stories that match common themes. Vampires, spaceships, ghosts, dragons, deals with the Devil... all of these are topics which lend themselves nicely to anthology creation.

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

A: Too often people will submit stories that haven't been published yet, or that were published in a non-paying market. We're looking for stories that an editor had enough confidence in to pay money for up front.

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

A: While we do read the notes authors send in with their submissions, we don't expect a lot of formality, and we certainly don't hold it against you if you don't sent one.

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

A: When we reject stories, it's often because they weren't previously published as per our guidelines; in that case, we never read the story at all. Accepted stories are read through by a member of our staff to be sure they meet with our quality standards.

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

A: We check the market it was originally published in first; that's the most essential factor. We also read through the story to make sure its content is not too extreme for our customers, and to ensure that there are no eggregious typographical flaws. The stories I like most get linked to from our blog at anthobuilder.livejournal.com.

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

A: Oh good heavens. I don't even HAVE the life of an editor. I have the life of a mother and freelance software developer who sneaks off to read submissions while the kids are having milk and cookies.
Seriously. You don't want to hear about my daily life.

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

A: I'm an avowed technophile, so I think the more formats publishers are able to use for submissions and publication, etc., the better. I'm also aware that there are bureaucratic and financial constraints that keep publishers from moving into new technologies as they might otherwise like.
Oddly, despite being a technophile, I hate screen reading and have never bought a Kindle. I guess that's why I started AnthologyBuilder. I love reading on paper, and I wanted a way to get all the stories by my favorite friends and authors into one book.