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

A: Hugely important as it vastly increases the pool of authors you can reach or who can find out about you. It also creates great opportunities to get to know interesting and smart people, collaborate and receive valuable feedback. This concerns the communication phase. When it comes to publishing itself, I still prefer a traditional approach.

A: Growth requires change. So yes, embracing "the new" is something we deem as wise--and intellectually healthy.

A: We're all for technologies that help authors get their words into the hands (or screens) of readers, and help we editors do our jobs better, too.

A: Very important. Our world is becoming increasingly connected, and I feel it's important for publishers to keep pace with this. As Idle Ink is an online publication it can be accessed by anybody from anywhere in the world, which I think is a wonderful thing.

JL Corbett, Editor of Idle Ink, 17 November 2020

A: Online submissions and social media are a necessary evil. They bring convenience, but have also democratized the industry which has led to a saturated market. It's harder to be seen. You also lose something when everything is cold and electronic. There's something magical about holding a submission in your hand and making notes in the margins. I believe in embracing technology without losing sight of traditions and warmth.

Kristen Simental, Editor-in-Chief of Five South, 16 November 2020

A: Emerson says, "new arts replace the old"...but, really, what we get is a blend. I want to help spread the word about work by ONE ART poets and technology plays an invaluable role in doing so.

A: Very important. No one likes to consume stale food, presentations, or art.

A: Well, there's a qeustion that could spike my blood pressure and send me off into an inarticulate rant. I will attempt to moderate myself.
I would wholeheartedly embrace modern technology if only it were a bit more embraceable. As it stands, I insist on electronic submissons; I only publish on a website; my website has a FaceBook page and a Twitter handle. I am my own webmaster. So, pretty good for an old guy.
However, taking the step from website to e-book and POD has proven hugely frustrating and difficult. I have started the process with Amazon's self-publishing platform, only to find it insanely opaque. I have purchased a How-To guide to the process, and have not fared any better. I have left in disgust, and returned a few months later to try again, only to find that Amazon has a new platform, and what little I had accomplished before is now of no use.
For the record, I learned computer programming 50 years ago at Dartmouth when Professor Kemeny was developing BASIC. I have had home computers since the days of cassette storage of programs, and I used computers at work since the days of MS-DOS 3.0 and floppy disks.
I will eventually have e-book and POD versions of Rat's Ass Review. But damn, it should be a lot easier than it is.

A: 34 ORCHARD only exists because of the rise of new technology—the ability to put out a publication as a PDF so it’s easily available and doesn’t cost much (we’d rather pay our writers than pay for expensive printing)—is how we’re able to do this. So I think it’s very important to embrace as much new technology as possible—but in addition to traditional methods, not as a replacement, necessarily. I’m a writer myself and still remember when an e-zine wasn’t even considered a legitimate credit on your CV, and I also remember when simultaneous submissions were the exception, not the rule like they are now. I remember how thrilling it was, in the earlier days of the web, to be able to send in a submission via email. I remember when most writers I knew didn’t even have an email address. In addition, technology allows the publication to reach more people, usually conveniently, instantly, and affordably. So it’s crucial to embrace new technology. It’s why we have so many avenues to feature work, and, as an editor, it makes our jobs faster and easier.

A: Modern technologies are essential. Brill uses electronic submissions, referees submit their reports online, communication with the authors is done online, and getting the journal ready for publication is accomplished online. The process is usually smooth, and the results are excellent.

A: We're a both/and rather than an either/or publisher. We're committed to staying with print but we want to meet readers where they are, so that means an equal commitment to electronic media.

Gregory Wolfe, Publisher & Editor of Slant, 05 November 2020

A: I think it's extremely important to embrace modern technologies. As a journal that has been around for over fifty years, the Round Table Literary Journal was slow to go over to modern technology, but we're doing so, a bit at a time. I hope that in the future we will combine the best of the traditional print journal with the best of the new technologies.