Editor Interview: Luna Station Quarterly
Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: Genre fiction by women
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: 365 Tomorrows, Fantasy Magazine, Ideomancer, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons
Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Ray Bradbury, Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, Margo Lanagan
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: We focus purely on women writers, though not necessarily feminist themes. Our mission is to support women writers without making the menfolk feel uncomfortable. For us it's just about getting the female authors in genre fiction heard, to support their work and make sure that people can find out that women can write genre stuff just as well as the guys, but that we have our own unique voices, as well.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Besides being female, make sure you have thoroughly proofread your stories. Typos, grammar errors, inconsistent use of the semi-colon, all of these things make it look like you don't care about your story. If you don't care about it, neither will an editor.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: The ideal submission for Luna Station Quarterly is a story with great characters, great plot, or a great idea behind it. That's obvious for any publication. What makes a story best suited to LSQ, though, is a sense of intimacy, of grit and reality, even if that reality is a million light years away or a million years in the future.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: We added a new submission form that will hopefully make things even easier than before, so from a technical standpoint, our submission process is pretty much foolproof. From a writing standpoint, submitters most often fail to proofread their stories for, not just spelling, but also structure and story consistency.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: Previous publications don't hold a ton of sway with us. Yes, we'll be impressed if you won the Pushcart Prize, but your story still has to fit our guidelines. That being said, we do enjoy hearing if you've been published before. As writers ourselves, we know how good it feels to put those publication credits in our own cover letters.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: We read every single entry in it's entirety. If you send your story to us, we read the whole thing before making a determination.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
A: In the beginning of 2011 we added an assistant editor to the staff. Both of us now read all entries and we confer with each other on each acceptance or rejection.
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: Our reading process is dead simple. Upon receiving a submission, the editor and assistant editor both read the story. We email each other back and forth, confirming our opinions, and then send out our acceptance or rejection letters. Not much else to it, really.
Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?
A: I feel this is very important. Luna Station Quarterly has a Twitter account, Facebook page, GoodReads account, and a few other social media goodies in our pocket. We also produce a pdf version of each issue and we'd love to make each issue available in ebook format sometime soon. The entire LSQ site is run on a modern, Drupal backend to keep things running smoothly. I have plans to make that site mobile friendly sometime this year. In short, modern tech is very important to our publication.