Editor Interview: eFiction Magazine

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

A: Contemporary literature.

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

A: Electric Literature for their inventiveness and quick success, Ploughshares for their ability to find talent, and One Story for cleverness.

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

A: Hemingway, Tolstoy, Vonnegut, Huxley, Orwell, Herbert, Martin, Tolkien, and many more. I like most all popular literature and genre fiction writers. I am more interested in what is popular and what most people like than having my own opinions. It helps me find the best stories to deliver to a mass audience.

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

A: eFiction is the leader of digital fiction magazines. We are read worldwide via digital distribution.

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

A: Read our back issues (http://www.fictionmagazines.com/shop). Follow the guidelines. Edit. Rewrite. Edit. Spend time on formatting with formatting marks on so everything is precise. It saves editor's time and we're very busy.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission is a story that grips me from the first sentence and never lets go. I want to finish the story and have a strong desire to immediately run outside and show the story to the first person I see.

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

A: They do not follow the format guidelines, or they send us poorly edited first drafts.

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

A: I'd like to know everything I can. Previous publication credits, internet presence, and favorite flavor of ice cream. I'm looking for writers who I could meet in person and have a nice time with, as well as lifelong working relationships.

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

A: Depends on the piece. I can tell the first sentence sometimes, but other times I have to read to the end to decide it's not right for us.

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

A: It goes through our readers, then the editors, then to me.

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

A: I work on the magazine all day. Reading is in the morning. We have enough volunteers that we keep up with our submissions and generally respond within a few weeks to submitters.

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

A: eFiction is entirely constructed of modern technologies. I feel it is extremely important. Tradition is of little value to us.