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

A: I think it's important for publishers to embrace anything that makes them feel like they are getting their poetry out to the world or making it easy for writers to submit their poems.

Katherine Osborne, Editor-in-chief of Little River, 11 August 2019

A: Very important to embrace modern technologies and to live in the here and now.

A: What kind of american nonsense is that? I don't know what means "traditional"? Stamped letters? What is it 1950s?

A: We owe it to our artists to promote their work to the best of our ability. We use technology and traditional means. Since we pay our poets, a revenue stream is essential therefore we are a print publisher. We promote and share work throughout all major social media platforms.

A: It's very important! I can't imagine using a mail-in submission system; our electronic system is easy and fast for writers to use and for me to organize. (I highly recommend Airtable, for any publisher who hasn't tried it.) I enjoy creating print publications and having a tangible object to hold, but I find digital publications to be simpler and more versatile for publishers and more accessible for readers.

A: I think publishers can become too absorbed in modern technologies. When we started THEMA, we wanted to keep the feel of a real book that might be taken off a shelf. There's something cozy about sitting and reading a book, and turning the pages. And when the story is over, you close the book--a tactile connection to where you have been while being absorbed within its pages. I have read about young children who have the impression, thanks to modern technology, that all they have to do is punch a page to get to the next page.

Virginia Howard, Editor-in-chief of THEMA, 26 July 2019

A: Absolutely essential. Although we have moved back from web publication of our journal to print production, made possible by the new print-on-demand technology, global distribution and web marketing which did not exist to the same extent over a decade ago.

A: We depend on tech. Websites. Social Media. POD. Networking. We reach a global audience and we couldn't do it any other way.

Sarah Leamy, Founder/Editor-in-chief of Wanderlust, 23 July 2019

A: The print experience is our priority, but we utilize social media and digital platforms to build our community and spark dynamic discussions.

A: I think publishers should do both. I say this because I have seen the digital world take over, but it tends to not allow the consumers to "keep" their product. For example, I saw that Apple is closing it's digital book platform, and that means all of the books people had bought will disappear. They have suddenly lost all of that money they put into their personal library. I worry that that could happen with other platforms. Therefore, having printed books is just as important as having electronic options. I believe that there will always be a market for printed books, at least for the next 50 years or so, when studies are showing that children learn better from reading actual books rather than reading from a screen. We may evolve to a completely book-less society someday, but I don't think it will be any time soon.

A: The world is changing, either you adapt or perish. Our parent company, Zimbell House Publishing, embraces current technologies and keeps an eye to the future. Not every new technology is worth the capital investment but improving processes and time efficiencies are.

A: We are not only interested in having a strong online presence, we are interested in featuring authors who break the mold and publish online, or play with technology in their work. We are interested in many kinds of narrative, including graphics, video games, and more, and are always open to content that deals with technology or digital forms.

Rebecca Valley, Editor-in-Chief of Drizzle, 04 July 2019