Editor Interview: Booth

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

A: Lit & expert miscellany.

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

A: McSweeney's
Ninth Letter

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

A: Larry Brown
Sharon Olds
Chris Ware
George Saunders
Gina Berriault

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

A: Variety of material.
Irreverent forms.
Coolness factor.

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

A: Read what we've published. From there, get loose and paint tight.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submissions offer either a sharp, controlled voice, a visionary notion, or a rich sense of story and heart. Preferably, all three.

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

A: They either send their work to the wrong place(our email box rather than the online submission system), or send the wrong style of work.

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

A: We pay very little, if any, attention to publication credits. We prefer a nice, quick cover letter that introduces the work and thanks us for reading.

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

A: The better the work, the more time we spend reading it.

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

A: A piece of work travels up the ladder: from MFA-student readers to a table discussion led by section editors to a final, editors' meeting and vote.

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

A: I love love love getting good work to read and publish. But that's only a fraction of the job. Much of the gig is about broader, organizational strategies, networking, and, in a way, becoming a literary pimp of the journal and the work we love.

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

A: Very much so. Some of our online heroes, like Triple Canopy, find their heart in the rich intersection of ideas and technology. We love, first and foremost, a great story, but there are increasingly rich ways to develop and deliver that story.