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

A: I definitely think that electronic submissions are a gift; sending snail mail submissions is time-consuming and unnecessarily difficult. I also think that online networking is incredibly helpful for spreading the word about new journals, contests, opportunities, and more, though it can also be hard to keep track of when there’s so much of it. We publish in print, which I am still a traditionalist about, but I love the opportunities that online publications provide.

A: Oyster River Pages is an all-online publication, so we embrace technology whole-heartedly! That said, we want the experience of reading our journal to be distraction-free, so we've eschewed advertising and other content that would take away from our contributors' stellar pieces. We try to use social media to connect with our readers, but we first have to make sure we have a quality product to promote. Slack as been invaluable for our team. Most of our traffic comes from Duotrope. Submittable is gold.

A: I think digital technology ifs the future of books. There is nothing nontraditional about POD tech....big houses use it all of the time to cover inventory gaps. What's the difference between that and doing smaller, more efficient POD print runs? Nothing. You can still print a first edition via POD.

A: Electronic submissions are a must for me (though I would make an exception for a writer with absolutely no access to a computer). Electronic publishing we already have, via EBSCO and our website. We're currently considering having members opt in to get their KJ issues online, as well as getting hard copy.
I don't bother with social media for the KJ, life is too short. The Kipling Society does have a Facebook page.

A: In whatever way it happens, when poetry and art are read or shared and created, we're moving in the right direction. Whatever it takes to get more people to create and share good art is healthy, in our opinion. If that means Snapchat poetry should exist, cool. If that means a poem in Poetry magazine, we dig that too!

Langdon Dean Julius, Founding Editor of Juke Joint, 15 June 2018

A: Very. Suppose the good monks had decided not to investigate the printing press' possibilities.

A: I think it's key to embrace modern tech. I actually do probably 75% of the editing and submissions work for Vulture Bones on the go, on my phone, in scraps of time between having a full time job and parenting. It got up and off the ground purely through twitter, for example.

A: I would still respect a writer for not wanting to be on Twitter or other social media. It's not for everyone and can be hugely distracting and time wasting. On the other hand it can bring huge unprecedented opportunities to be prominent at a time when a new writer most needs it. For me, I feel the benefits outweigh the addictive qualities. Self discipline is needed but writers need to learn this skill regardless of social media so it's an excellent learning curve.

A: Our entire process; submission, publication, and promotion, is electronic. Period. Twitter has been a godsend for finding new readers and keeping a large number of people interested in our journal between issues. I don't think it's important for publishers to remain traditional unless that's what they want. What's most important is that publishers remain in existence. For me, that means making everything as easy, streamlined and waste-free as possible.

Brent Armour, Editor in Chief of HelloHorror, 28 May 2018

A: It’s important as it gives more avenues for the work to appear.

A: We understand the necessity to embrace modern technologies and medium. Though we would like to do more than we are able to at this moment due to lack of time. Social media is extremely important not only because you want to reach out to a more diverse audience but also because you want to be more accessible for newer writers. We love memes and gifs too, so we are quite the non-high culture people.

Debojit Dutta, Founder and Editor of Antiserious, 18 May 2018

A: Our business basically runs on modern technology - from submissions, to publishing, to advertising. There would not be a Wolfian Press without it, and there would not be an AHF Magazine without it, so obviously it is vital to us. As for publishing in general, I am not certain enough to say.