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

A: I find the printed word to be vital, better read and longer lasting in the mind as well as the world than digital venues. How it is printed doesn't matter.

A: I feel it's essential. The only reason Little Blue Marble does not currently use a submission management system is budgetary. Given the tiny size of that budget, we would not be able to operate without technologies like social networking to get the word out, or electronic publication for distribution.
Since Little Blue Marble's mission is climate change education and awareness, it's important for us that the magazine remain free and accessible worldwide, which is why we're a primarily online publication. An important piece of that puzzle is revenue generation from subscribers on platforms like Patreon, and sales of our anthologies, which would not be revenue streams available to us from traditional publishing.

A: We do some online social media, and it helps our visibility and promotion, and I feel that has been important for our publication to remain relevant and seen. I'm not in love with online submissions, because they lend themselves to a process where people can submit at the touch of a button, and the number of submissions can become unmanageable. I also like to see how people print their work, what paper they use, the fonts, etc. It makes it more personalized.

A: Email is essential these days. I still can’t believe I used snail mail in the past. And I refuse in the present. As a writer I will skip a market that won’t step forward in the 21st century.

Mark Antony Rossi, Editor in Chief of Ariel Chart, 07 September 2018

A: I think it's incredibly important for publishers to embrace modern technology, and to not do so would do be a great disservice to their contributors. As the head of a magazine in a digital world, I'm constantly thinking of how we can use technology, even when it might be outside our heart's desires. For example, everyone on our staff loves the printed word. But the reality is, electronic publications can reach more people more easily. Additionally, most of our staff members are introverts; we find social media a challenging thing to love. But in order to foster a community of creators, we have to use the tools at hand, and social media is a powerful one.

A: Modern technology is a fantastic time-saver -- once you have it set up correctly! I find using an online submission platform has improved my speed in evaluating submissions and my efficiency in tracking them.

Janet Brennan Croft, Editor of Mythlore, 07 September 2018

A: We love continuing to publish a tangible object. Having said that, we're opening up the parameters of our website and online presence, and are all for technology innovations that cultivate and deepen connections and communities in the literary world.

Matthew Pitt, Editor-in-chief of Descant, 05 September 2018

A: I am bad with technologies, so I do not know

Chirstoph Pieper, Editor-in-chief of Mnemosyne, 05 September 2018

A: I don't think it's possible to run a journal in this world without embracing advanced technologies--otherwise your opportunity to engage with writers and do their work justice suffers.

A: As an exclusively online international publication, we could not function without electronic submissions, email, and broad-based web-enabled promotion.

A: I think it's probably important to embrace modern technology. I don't so much though we accept electronic submissions, use facebook and have a website but that's about it.

Lee Gould, Editor of La Presa, 21 August 2018

A: Modern technologies do help a lot. Nothing wrong in embracing them