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Editor Interview: Arteidolia Press

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

A: A gamut of possibilities

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

A: F*%K IF I KNOW//BOOKS & Moontide Press

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

A: Arteidolia Press approaches each manuscript as a painting, with its words as strokes, its lines, its shapes, as gestures, each a palette of thoughts & experiences that wants to be seen, read & heard. Our focus is on bringing its presence to the surface and acknowledging its individual voice.

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

A: Take a look at the books we’ve published. Read what’s been written about them. Check out the authors. Do you think your work is a good fit and speaks to what we’re doing?

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: A submission that immediately clicks.

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

A: It’s important that authors review what we've published and should feel some sort of a meaningful connection with Arteidolia Press before submitting their manuscripts to us.

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

A: Cover letters can be informative, but it’s the work that counts. Though, I do like hearing the thinking behind why authors decided to submit to us and what their expectations might be. What’s most important is how well authors can communicate and work collaboratively with Arteidolia Press.

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

A: I do a quick read first and then decide if I want to dig further into the manuscript. Sometimes you know right away, and other times you have to let the material marinate. Since we are a small press, I have to be very certain before I move forward with any project.

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

A: In giving each submission my full consideration, I find myself reading and rereading, reviewing and rethinking. As I’m looking over a text, I try to imagine how it might look in book form. I usually return to a manuscript a few times again before deciding to notify an author one way or the other. I spend a chunk of time putting together the design & the layout for each book. I work very closely with each author, so there’s a lot of emailing back & forth.

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

A: Even though I would prefer using offset printing, I have found a working balance with POD, which does offer plenty of options & possibilities. If you are able to do all the design & technical work yourself, it’s definitely worth it.

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

A: We only make suggestions regarding layout and editing if necessary. For us, this is a collaborative effort and we look to authors for their feedback & involvement. A proof copy is sent to all authors for their final approval.

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

A: We will be nominating authors for the Pushcart Prize.