Editor Interview: There Will Be Words

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

A: Fiction best heard aloud

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

A: PANK Magazine, Kill Author, decomP Magazine, Specter Magazine, HOUSEFIRE

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

A: Roxane Gay, xTx, Sarah Rose Etter, Nathan Holic, James Sallis, Ben Tanzer

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

A: We're a reading series that also publishes the work of the authors who are selected to read at the series. Not a lot of reading series do that.

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

A: Watch the videos or listen to the previous authors featured to get a sense what we are looking for before sending us something. I'm down with most genres as long as the writing is good.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: A story that makes me laugh until I hurt or one that makes me want to quit writing because it's that well done.

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

A: Not watching the videos or listening to the audio or not coming to one of our shows.

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

A: Publishing credits and cover letters are meaningless to me. If you were published in The Paris Review and you submitted a terrible story, I'm going to reject you despite your cred.

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

A: The first paragraph is as far as I go before making the decision to reject a piece. If your first paragraph is good, I'll continue reading.

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

A: If I'm not sure about a piece, I'll send it over to my producing partner, Ryan Rivas, and see what he thinks. He has excellent instincts regarding fiction.

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

A: I'm on my couch, working through my netbook on the submissions I get.

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

A: I think it's incredibly important for publishers to embrace modern technologies. At some point, I'd love to make the There Will Be Words chapbooks available on Kindle for people to purchase and check out, well after they've performed though. Nothing beats the collectible aspect of our chapbooks but it would be cool if we can give them a permanent home online for anyone outside of Orlando to check out.