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

A: Well, we kinda answer this on our submission guidelines page. Yes, we embrace technology and it's even been part of our "futures" initiative in previous issues.

Mauve Perle Tahat, Executive Editor, Founder of TERSE. Journal, 09 April 2019

A: We are not technologically sophisticated. WE prefer paper to screens.

Peg Boyers, Executive Editor of Salmagundi, 26 March 2019

A: Our business is run on modern technologies. We insist on electronic submissions, use both electronic and POD publishing options, and maintain a social network presence. I can't imagine the extra work and extra staff requirements to publish without modern technologies. Additionally, our senior staff are located in at least four states as well as Canada, so technology is a requirement.

A: We have chosen to print our journal because we like to hold books.
I don't like to read literature on my computer. The Kindle is okay, but really a book is so, so nice. In part we read literature because we don't want to be scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. We keep a Facebook and Instagram page, and try to do some advertising work on there, but for the most part we feel that the world of literature still belongs in books--archaic perhaps, and we have a Kindle issue as well.

A: Super important! Technology saves money/times/trees!, acclerates and demystifies production, makes work "shareable," simplifies communication, offers writers a chance to be more widely read. Trust me, it used to be so much harder, more time intensive, and practically cost prohibitive.
Listen, you can maintain traditional values when it comes to the content, but being unwilling to move into new digital media is going to push you to the end of the pack.

Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH, Editor, curator, producer of Vitamin ZZZ, 16 March 2019

A: In a few words, these are quite, quite important for “better reach”, which is always necessary.

A: The only means of submissions that are important are emails. Everything else is a waste of time.

A: I am completely in favor of modern technology. I read and edit extensively online and rarely print out anything in the reading stage. POD is our lifeline. Our founder, Patricia Florio, heads our marketing efforts, but I do use my Facebook page a great deal.
We don’t have typists who can input a paper copy. We do live readings, which I record and share with presenters, but marketing, ordering, shipping- that is all done online.
Still, striving for excellence - that should never change. The only traditional aspect of our process is the quality of the writing.

A: There would be no Twelve House without digimodern (post-postmodern) technologies, though mention of those selfsame technologies are more often than not frowned upon when found in the actual writing being proposed.

A: Hugely. Well over half of our traffic comes from social networks, and traffic is paramount for any magazine, but especially one that publishes exclusively online.

A: We're often told by our readers that what drew them to our magazine is how beautiful Salt Hill issues are. Like many book nerds, we love turning a nicely textured page, holding an object that has been carefully designed to create a complete art experience. That said, we editors have been talking about how we can get the powerful pieces of literature that we select to reach as wide an audience as possible. While we're not ready to give up on our beautiful print publication just yet, we've decided to publish a monthly feature on our website, starting soon, very soon! Here's to having your cake and eating it too. - Myriam

Ariel Chu, Rainie Oet, Myriam Lacroix, Ally Young, Editor in Chief of Salt Hill, 27 February 2019

A: Technology is critical to our process. We are an online journal. We use all the usual suspects, including Submittable, Wordpress, Buffer, the social media platforms, and G Suite. To stay organized, I rely on Asana and Airtable. Online publishing increases access. Not only is it free to submit to CRAFT, it is free to read CRAFT. We're excited to embrace technology and amplify voices.

Katelyn Keating, editor in chief of CRAFT, 24 February 2019