Editor Interview: Plasma Frequency Magazine

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

A: Resonating Stories

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

A: Daily Science Fiction is one of my favorite stories. I enjoy flash fiction because of the challenge of packing a complete story within so few words.

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

A: Orson Scott Card, Brent Weeks, Robert Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury can all be found in abundance on my book shelves. But new and emerging authors are starting to to get some space on there as well.

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

A: I really enjoy our mixture of art, great fiction, and book reviews. I think it gives our readers a better glimpse into the whole world of speculative fiction. The community is vast.

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

A: The first thing is to read our guidelines. Many People seem to skim this section. Know what we want to publish. We have a "what we want" section on our website and you can read our issues to see what we like. Remember you are trying to sell me your story. If you sold cell phones and I like Androids but you keep trying to sell me an iPhone, chances are you would be wasting your time.
Next, make sure your manuscript has been read by someone else. This is where writing groups can be very valuable. The chances are other readers will catch those little mistakes and help you put a final polish on that manuscript. This can only help it stand out from the pile.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission is one with an engaging plot, strong characters, and a satisfying ending.

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

A: Manuscript format. Hands down, the most overlooked part of the process is formatting your manuscript to our publication's standards. Publications create these manuscripts formats to work for what makes formatting their magazine the easiest.

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

A: We like to know just the basics. Previous publication credits are read, but rarely considered. The submissions that get us the most excited are the ones that read "I have no previous publication credits." I absolutely love to discover new or emerging talent.

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

A: The opening is the most important part of our story. Generally if we reject a piece before a full reading it is after three pages. But that is also dependent on the length of the story. Shorter stories should grab our attention sooner. The best is to have us hooked on those first 13 lines on the first page.

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

A: All stories go through three reading, minimum before acceptance. First the first read editors read over it. If they think it works, it goes to our second read editor. If she likes it, it comes to me for a final reading. Sometimes I have to do several final readings before I can pick the stories for the next issue.

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

A: It is a ton of work. When I am not reading stories for consideration for the next issue, I am laying out an issue for print. I am also trying to find advertisers, paying the bills, and managing subscribers. As if that wasn't enough I have to keep the website, and social media sites up to date. I do this all around my "day job".

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

A: Our magazine like to keep a blend of both. We put our a print issue and a eReader issue. It is important for a small press like us to reach the widest possible answer. For our print service we use a POD magazine printer as this keeps our costs down. Social networking is very important in connecting with readers. Traditional is not dead, and hopefully never will be. But we can always use technology to help keep the traditions alive.