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

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

Mark Reynolds, Editor of Bookanista, 03 March 2021

A: It is important to embrace modern technologies so that there is more interaction between the people who submit and the editors.

Leann Denman, Editor-in-chief of BOMBFIRE, 02 March 2021

A: For me, everything has to be done electronically all submissions are printed and filed in their respective folders. We keep electronic and paper copies indefinitely.

A: Essential.

Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor of Next Avenue, 28 February 2021

A: As much as I believe we should all be evangelists for literature, publishers have to do what's right for them and what they can afford. As a writer, I love to have my work published with a journal that has a strong social media presence, but I also understand that some presses don't have the funds or energy to maintain one. I also appreciate when publishers opt out of working with Amazon, but I know that's not an easy decision, and it's not one that, as a publisher, I've ever had to make.

A: It’s important for Mother’s Day Magazine as most of our readers read our content on their smartphones. And moms find us through social media channels and Google. Also, writers submit their drafts to me via Google Docs.

A: Imperative. I do still receive submissions through the mail, but due to my schedule, it can make it harder to publish these works because they have to be processed and formatted. That doesn't mean I don't consider these works.

Darlene Pistocchi, Editor-in-cheif of ScreaminMamas, 20 February 2021

A: Modern tech is important for me. We use POD publishing - no waste, cheaper, easier, and the quality is pretty darn good, much better than it used to be when I started PYP in 2009.

A: I firmly believe that one should own a publication at their leisurely pace, whether traditional or electronically. I will say that electronic submissions have kept me super organized, and the payment side of things is undoubtedly less of a hassle. Frankly, I am not the best at handling social media accounts related to my publication, but help will soon be on the horizon.

A: Modern Technology has opened up the whole world to everybody. It allows us all around the world to connect immediately.

A: Very. Publishing is a long process as it is, and older technologies often take a longer time. Anything we can do to speed it up without sacrificing quality should be embraced.

A: I say embrace the electronic submissions! Easier to send, easier to manage (I don't have room for that many manuscripts in my apartment!), and no germs, thank you very much. And as for social media, well, I love using it to connect with our immediate Woburn community and also our larger community of contributors and readers. It also afforded us the opportunity to host a virtual launch day as the pandemic ruined our plans for a launch at our namesake, Horn Pond. We were able to have contributors read their pieces, and it was great to add that personal touch through online platforms.