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

A: Technology is helpful, but does not replace the elbow grease involved in proper editorial work. Needless to say, we wouldn't been able to keep track of submissions without modern submission managers, email alone just doesn't cut it.

A: It is essential. By ignoring these options we would be doing a disservice to the authors we publish.

A: It depends on the publisher, I suppose. We have electronic submissions and try to be active on social networks. It's all about being accessible and getting word out about the poets we publish. Other presses may feel that traditional submissions is more accessible for certain audiences, such as those who are incarcerated or don't have access to broadband.

A: It's important for publishers to embrace new technologies if that's what writers and readers want and for the benefit of their authors.

A: We're an online magazine so, ipso facto, we aren't anti-digital Luddites. Pieces posted on Memoirist are given a nice shot of social media publicity and the ones that get more readers are heavily boosted by their authors in their own social media circles. On the other hand, we deem contemporary society's fixation with social media to be idiotic and frequently disparage and despair at it.

James Bloom, Co-editor of Memoirist, 28 April 2022

A: The story is what counts. Everything else is a technicality and we will work around computer and/or electronic difficulties.

A: We wouldn’t have even dared to start this journal without modern tech. We’re going to be online-only for a while – the costs of a print run would be too much as a new journal with no income streams – and without Duosuma and Twitter we’d likely never have reached enough people to pull together a single issue given our niche remit. We are huge fans of Duotrope in general (as well as the new kids on the block, Chill Subs) and are also making use of Gumroad as a distribution platform for PDF issues (with a flexible Pay What You Want model) embedded into our website.
For our very first issue, as a completely unknown entity, I believe we received submissions from twenty different countries – that’s mind-blowing to us and a good reminder that the internet is not all bad!

A: I think it's important to embrace tech that makes sense for a publication. We don't have a desire to get into physical copies of stories at the moment, so getting deep into POD wouldn't make sense for example. However, we use Captivate and their AMIE system extensively on the podcast side of things. It's important to adapt as needed not just for novelty.

A: Writers can submit to Five South directly from our website, without going through a third party submission manager. Traditional submission software is costly — it slows growth of the magazines and burdens writers with fees that aren't required, except to cover the journal's software fees. We try to find better ways of doing things so we can give back to the writers.

A: It is always important to change with the times, or even just adapt new technology as things go along. We have started to add DOIs in our journal articles now, and I've had to create DOIs retroactively for past issues as well. We do a bit of online advertising through social media, but could probably learn to do a bit better at that. We have also recently embraced ORCID iD numbers in our author bios. The biggest challenge was learning how to create a fully online journal in the first place. We had to learn to make a website, learn to use the digital archives at our university, and learn what InDesign was capable of. Luckily our layout person, Cortney Akers, is an absolute pro. She has really done a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to technology for us.

A: Embracing each and every advance technologically enables what might occur with an audience to broaden.

A: Almost everything in my life has some digital element or interaction – and my poetry publications are exclusively online. So I'd say it's very important!