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

A: It’s a non-issue in our opinion how submissions are received as technology mightn’t be for everyone.

Cyril Wong, Founding Editor of SOFTBLOW, 17 June 2019

A: The point of publishing is to find readers. Modern technologies find readers.

A: I think publishers should do what works best for them, but they should have an understanding that most writers nowadays are using modern technologies all the time!

A: I started working for an industry-specific trade magazine in the 1990s when the fax machine was the new technology everyone was trying to understand, when photos had to sent out to be scanned, and when each four-page spread had four color separation negatives each the size of a table-top. By the time that magazine closed, the publisher was able to get a 300-page directory on to a CD to bring to the printer.
The Starlit Path can be read for free online because of the new technology. Our columnists and our subscribers are all over the world. Even the creative director and I live in different Canadian provinces but we connect through social media and messenger/texts, enail and VOIP.

A: I can't speak for other publishers, since each of us must make our own specific decisions. At Hidden River we do use electronic submissions. We do maintain a Twitter account and a Facebook account. We post also on LinkedIn. We use POD publishing options and eBook platforms. That said, such choices don't mean that we are not "traditional" in the level of quality and care we bring to our work. We have deep love and respect for the history of the publishing profession, and wish to further the high quality of work brought out into the work through the small press community.

A: Electronic publishing is definitely a boon to our industry. I don't know the magic bullet to entice subscribers but if we have to rely on subscribers, there will quickly be no literary journals -- printing costs are killing us. Social media is underexplored and you can really see the publishers who rock social and online content starting to pull ahead -- I'm thinking in specific to Barrelhouse here. Those folks are rocking the literary scene and more people should pay attention to what they're doing.

Wendy Wimmer, Fiction Editor of Witness, 04 June 2019

A: We are online only and only accept email submissions.

Wayne-Daniel Berard, Co-Founding Editor of Soul-Lit, 03 June 2019

A: I think it's inevitable and no matter how much we try to resist modern technology, it's already there and people will always make use of it. These things are actually making it easier for people to connect or build an audience. Although it's hard to let go of the nostalgic feeling in doing prints or remaining traditional and I guess that's why it's difficult for people to accept the changes technology brings.

A: Incredibly important to enable engagement with the digital global publishing network.

A: I think we need a mix of publishers - some embracing these modern technologies and some remaining traditional. The traditional route is romantic but unfortunately expensive, so I see it potentially dying out. I've had to abandon it myself, but I am glad some small publishers are still producing offset print publications.

A: Very important! Because we're online, writers from around the world have found us and answered our calls for submissions.

A: We only accept email submissions. We do whatever we can to save trees. And, yes, it's very important for publishers to stay current on technology, not only to please their readers, but also to stay ahead of the competition.