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

A: If it wasn't for modern technologies we wouldn't be able to do this. Back in the late 80s, during the zine heyday, we had presses, but the cost of printing etc became too much. Starting up now is relatively cheap.

A: It’s very important for publishers to understand the modern technologies. Electronic submissions are a necessity. It’s so much easier to send an email than “snail mail.” Social media is key, as well. We feature excerpts from our works on social media and it’s a positive way to get our name out there with writers and artists. Also, digital magazines are much cheaper to run than print journals.

A: I love modern technologies and would like to expand my skills with them. However, I think publishers should use whatever they're comfortable with. Currently, our publication has three manifestations: the twice-a-week poems on our Word Press site, the electronic versions of the quarterly issues (published using Issuu), and the print versions of the quarterly issues (using Microsoft Publisher to make limited-run chapbooks).

A: I think it is very important, considering how difficult it is to distribute print literary magazines. I still love a physical copy, but I recognize that it reaches far less readers than our website does. And also, there is so much to read out there, and an active (and sincere!) social media presence can help bring readers to the pieces that they'll enjoy.

A: Without modern technologies our readership would tally in the dozens. On this our one-year anniversary of publication (October 2018), we count 15,000 unique visitors/month, 13,000 followers on instagram, 21,000 followers on twitter, and through my personal account over 4000 followers on linkedIn. We also maintain a presence on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest, and in eastern Europe on VK. O:JA&L also has a dedicated Youtube channel for our artist and author interviews.

A: Modern technologies have greatly benefited me as an individual and our press as a whole. Because of electronic submissions we no longer have to make room to store piles and piles of paper submissions, and because of electronic editing, I can easily transfer my work from office to office and from office to home without physically moving paper manuscripts, pencils, etc. We can easily share submissions and manuscripts in production with other employees and with outside contractors and consultants. I think presses should be free to use whatever methods work best for them, but modern technology has saved us money and time and has made certain aspects of our work lives much easier.

Robin Miura, Senior Editor of Blair, 24 October 2018

A: It is very important for us, an all-digital magazine that also has a podcast. Technology lets us reach more readers and share art in exciting new forms, including video and audio. And submittable has been invaluable for allowing us to share and discuss the submissions. Since we are editors living and working in two different cities, we use technology to bridge those long-distance gaps.

A: I just took over as EIC of the Helix in August, and one of the changes I spearheaded was making The Helix available online. We accept submissions exclusively online, so it only made sense that we update our website as well. At the end of the day, publishing is a business, and if you can't keep up with the trends, you're going to be phased out.

A: Electronic submissions have made starting the magazine a possibility. We have very mixed feelings about social media. While we use it, we feel it is a Skinner Box manufacturing consent and outrage mobs, if their business models changed we'd have more faith.

A: Publishers have to embrace modern technology. You can be the hippest hipster in the world, banging out a story on your 1949 Smith Corona while drinking an artisanal water at your fav coffee shop, but the fact is you need technology to submit that story. And when your publisher receives that story, he needs online avenues and a digital presence to promote the story and reach a broad audience. Tradition is a myth. There is no such thing as tradition. Reality is constantly in flux - otherwise our hipster friend would be writing in cuneiform. Which would actually be super cool. Ask me about this again tomorrow. We might be on to something.

A: We appreciate modern technology and encourage writers to submit file attachments with email letters. We are pretty savvy with modern tech. One-third of our editors are online editors throughout the USA, Canada, and other countries.

David Martin, Managing Editor of Fine Lines, 05 October 2018

A: Modern technologies can be great for publishers, especially social media, as you can connect with people you may never have reached by any traditional means. We are active on Twitter so if readers or writers need updates that's where they'll find us.

Clarrie Rose, Co-Editor of Hypnopomp, 28 September 2018