Editor Interview: The Zharmae Publishing Press

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

A: Fiction novels + some

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

A: Baen, Ace, Daw, Pyr, Tor, Bloomsbury, Little Brown, Scholastic....anyone that furthers the reading experience.

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

A: L. Frank Baum, Ayn Rand, Charlaine Harris, Steven King, Anne Rice, Jak Kaven, Stanley Woods-Frankel, David Webber, Chuck Palahniuk, Frank Herbert, Mary Roach, JK Rowling, and many others.

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

A: Generally speaking TZPP is terribly selective, we provide author feedback and critiques on just about every piece of submitted material, we are committed to full cover (wrap-around) artwork that is as beautiful and seductive as the literature which it encases. We are author focused, and focused on forming long term, preferably exclusive relationships with our authors. We also publish a weekly article aimed at providing broad improvement skills for writers seeking publication, entitled the Writer's Workshop. Finally, we are seeking top authors to help write the Installment series project, the goal being a regular epic (12-18 title) series each year in a collaborative context.

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

A: Read our guidelines, ask us questions if you're not sure or if you want more information. We aim to be transparent and upfront about all of our dealings with authors and agents.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission is one that has read our guidelines for whichever form they are querying us, and has taken the time to ensure that we have what we need in the format that we request.

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

A: They submit their work to multiple publishers including us, or agents will try to start a bidding war with us and other houses. We do not tolerate nor participate in either activity. Or they will submit work that is shorter then what we publish for the adult trade.

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

A: Initially a short bio as requested is all that we need. If you have the publication credits that is nice, but I don't consider that a short bio, I consider that a list of credits. Authors should take care to ensure they provide the information that we request.

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

A: We have been known to reject material based solely on length (we do this regularly). We have also rejected material on the first page because it was unreadable or severely convoluted. Normally we will either reject or request more material based on the first 3-5 chapters of a full length book.

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

A: Normally about 2% of submissions make it passed Suzanne and The Reading Room, of those that make it passed, Suzanne will often request quick revisions to clean up the work if it is not exactly ready for the editor. At this point we will normally pass along the MS to the Editor who is most likely to edit the work assuming we acquire it. If the work passes him/her it will be passed onto myself and the marketing team to determine if we want to acquire the work. This is the final stage if we do acquire the work.

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

A: At any one time, We have 300-350 MS on review, I normally have 25-30ish on my personal reading docket, because I am the only one who actually signs contracts, i can be a little slower to read MS then my editors. But I usually can get through a book and get back a final decision within a month's time of it being placed onto my docket.

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

A: Adopting modern technology is extremely important, TZPP operates entirely in the now, we accept that the industry is changing and moving into what will become the new normal. If you can't/won't change then perhaps it's time to retire. If you are willing to at least give it a try, then I am happy to give you a hand in moving boldly forward in the 23dr and half century. :-)