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

A: Because our content is timely and health-related, I'm all for getting it in front of as many eyeballs as possible! I love the digital format of our publication because it allows me to work with, and learn from, writers all over the globe. It affords our readers the opportunity to learn what life is like in places they may have never been, and to meet writers whose stories contain protagonists and antagonists unlike themselves. We try to meet our writers, artists and readers where they are -- with even more resources we could create a traditional print version too. I'm old school in my own reading habits; I love a trade paperback that I can jot notes in the margin. Highlight! But the digital and social options available really have democratized the production and accessibility of good information, as well as bad information. But that's another topic!

A: I'm pretty sure if I polled my staff, to a person, they would say they preferred a physical book. Having said that, though, we love the reach and read possible now because of modern technology, the increased accessibility for everyone, for us as editors, and for readers, for an audience that may not be inclined or able to purchase literary journals. I personally remember being a poor undergrad, sitting on the floor in Barnes & Noble, reading litmags because I could only afford to buy one every now and then. So I'm glad that technology has made good writing accessible to a much wider audience. For K'in specifically, this technological access is crucial, given that we're seeking to provide a space for voices from all over the world.

A: We are a very traditional publication, having gotten our start in the 1970s. However, I think it's vital to embrace modern technologies because those are exactly the forms of communication that people are using right now. Being a print publication means a slow publication and print timeline, which can be frustrating. We try to supplement that with our social media pages and our website, which keep people apprised of our broader goals and our current projects.

A: after a year of online only life, we tend to value personal meet-ups even more than we did before.
but, of course, we value technologies, we use technologies, we won't be able to proceed without technologies. We use everything: electronic submissions, editorial software, SMM software and apps...

A: Technology is certainly helpful. I've maintained a webpage for the journal since the early 2000s. Subscribers are permitted to submit their "work" via email. Some subscribers have become friends, though I've never met them personally. We correspond by email. I have not gotten into social networking.

A: It’s not either or: both are important and we do both - neither to excess. For a full creative rationale see the editorial in our first Issue (85) published on the website ( - as are all our editorials, plus a number of poem texts and audio tracks.

A: I think it's important for publishers to fully embrace their own mission. Ours is very important to us in the modern noisy world. Our mission is to create a quiet and vibrant space online and in print, where artists from all over feel completely free to express themselves. We choose not to have a social media account in eager pursuit of this mission, but don't mind if contributors share their Press Pause work on their own social media. We believe in the good parts of the internet, and love that artists in India and Iran and New Zealand (and and and) are finding us because of beautiful technology. (The lovely staff at Duotrope have helped us reach many of our contributors, for instance). We believe that humans can feel free and empowered to create their own online spaces and experiences without being dragged around by ads and clickbait. We aren't anti-technology. We're just pro-honest, authentic art in the modern world.

SE Harsha, Founder & Managing Editor of Press Pause, 23 March 2021

A: We're a non profit, and we don't profit off of the journals anyways. I would love to have electronic submissions someday but we can't afford it yet. We are active on instagram and tiktok and have gained a decent following on each. I don't know if it's important for publishers to remain traditional, but I'm one to use all the tools at my disposal.

A: Modern technologies expand the writing world. We feel it's important to embrace them if it makes sense for the publication and its process and aesthetic. Traditional publishers are great. Modern publishers are great. Whatever works best for the publication is what matters.

A: With so many things virtual nowadays, it is helpful to embrace modern technologies. For example, some submitters don’t know how to use Adobe or Microsoft editing software, so we have to think outside the box on how to get them their edits as well as how to get responses back. There’s also the fact that social media is an incredibly responsive place to promote, and some authors still choose not to embrace it; imagine what you could do with a phone with a camera and a poem! So yes, I think things should be embraced, and if not embraced, at least tried.

A: We intend to remain an ‘online’ publication but will also bring out an annual printed anthology of our best work. The international reach of online publication is an undeniable draw for any modern literary magazine – attracting both readers and writers from all over the world. The opportunities for online writing services such as workshopping, writing retreats and courses are only just being fully realised. We love using social media to promote our writer’s and our business.

A: We're online only, so it's a given that we publish and communicate electronically.

Mark Reynolds, Editor of Bookanista, 03 March 2021