Editor Interview: The Writing Disorder

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

A: Deep, dedicated writing

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

A: Poets & Writers, New Yorker, Siglio Press, Granta, Under the Radar, N+1, Black Clock, and most literary journals

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

A: We love them all

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

A: We publish writers of all ages, and we set no limits on word count. We love to publish work by writers who have never been published before. But we also publish writers who are established and have been working at it for years. Our site is accessible to anyone who loves to read and write. We also feature interviews with working authors and artists, and showcase original artwork, photography and a comic art.

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

A: Send us your best work. Have someone proof your work before submitting. The journey of the writer is often as compelling as the work they submit.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Something unexpected that draws the reader in. Something too short, something too long. Understanding the journey of the writer and their work.

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

A: Nothing we can think of. They're usually right on.

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

A: We want to know about the person's writing experience, work and education.

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

A: We read everything. Sometimes we go back and read something again after several weeks, or even months. We pay attention to everyone who submits work to us.

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

A: It is usually read by several people.

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

A: Reading, reading, reading. Sending out emails. Making decisions.

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

A: Yes, it's very important. We try learn as much as we can. We publish books to both Amazon and the iBookstore. EPUBs are a big part of our future.