Editor Interview: Fabula Argentea
Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: unforgettable stories
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: Silver Blade
Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: Too many to name.
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: A personal touch and always giving a reason for rejection and often a brief critique, never a form rejection.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: Read what we've published already and think outside the box.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: A story that surprises us and is carefully crafted.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: Not sending us a strong enough story.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: We like cover letters with some information about the author and any previous publications. We'll usually use the information in the Author Bio. We like to give our authors and their work a personal touch.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: We always read the entire piece and try not to make judgments. However, one that's rife with grammar and spelling errors is going to prejudice us a bit, but if the story is otherwise strong enough, we'll work with the author to remedy it.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
A: All of the pieces get read by myself and my wife. If we're unsure or can't agree, we'll solicit one or two reviews from people whose opinions we value.
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: We look forward to receiving submissions, as if they were presents to be opened. We read the submissions as soon as possible after they come in. We often know right away about acceptances because they jump out at us. For those we reject, we give thought to why the piece isn't for us and how it might be improved, if applicable.
Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?
A: Publishers should definitely keep up with the current trends and technologies. Otherwise they risk losing readership, authors, and respect. Publishing is a business, and authors are our most valuable asset. Without them, we'd have no readers. And both authors and readers look to us to give them the best and latest at our disposal.