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

A: Electronic submissions trackers are now vital and social media posts can help each authors who have something new and exciting to submit find your publication.

A: I try to make the submission process as easy as possible. Authors can submit directly from the Journal's website through an electronic form. I do promote the Journal of Expressive Writing on Twitter, but am against Facebook and Instagram, so you won't find social media accounts there. I always appreciate people spreading the word about the Journal to others who might like it!

A: I think it is very important to embrace modern tech. I am constantly on the lookout for apps or software that will assist my day-to-day business operations. That includes using electronic submission processes, databases, digital signing software for contracts, etc. It makes my life so much easier. Most of our communication to the public takes place via Twitter and Facebook, as well as with our newsletter.

A: It is quite crucial to maintain a harmonic balance between the adaption of the new technology emerging in the literary world and keeping the aesthetic of the writing work. With the advancement in technology, writers can now easily reach a wider range of audiences, avail reading numerous books on different genres, learn new forms of writing, proofread their work and opt for any assistance required through online services. Being a writer it is quintessential to make the most use of available sources and make one's work up to the mark without disturbing its authenticity. Eventually, a true writer can lead to the glorious path of success and fulfill his/her dreams.

A: Instagram has certainly helped me reach new readers and poets. I know that Gaspereau Press (Nova Scotia) communicates with its poets exclusively by paper mail, which I think is marvelous. But I also think that electronic submissions keeps things moving at a sane pace. I can't imagine printing off a letter and attaching a stamp for every submission, especially for a small online quarterly like Columba. Email is great.

Emily Tristan Jones, Editor of Columba, 13 November 2021

A: I think the internet is the perfect form for Spilling Cocoa as it allows poems to be shareable on social media platforms. Personally, I do like an actual paper book to hold, but I know that there are environmental factors, and anyway, I’ve got too many books!

A: I feel like taking advantage of modern technologies can help us spend more time on the human aspect of editing and publishing, but it's important to not let technology take over.

A: I don't think it's possible not to embrace them at this point. Electronic submissions are easier all around and social networking is the sole source for discovering new books and magazines for many people.
Surprisingly, we sell more print copies than ebooks, but without POD services, getting books printed and shipped would be a full-time job in and of itself. As things are, it's sort of a set and forget thing, knowing that people can order copies from Amazon and there's nothing we need to do directly. As for ebooks, they're somewhat behind print books in actual sales, but they do make up about 40% of total copies sold. Without them, Guilty would reach far fewer readers. The same is true of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program: each month, we receive anywhere from several hundred to several thousand page-reads from KU. Those are more people reading our authors' work who probably wouldn't otherwise.

A: We are completely digital for now. When we start to get money, we have considered POD options. I think one of the fun things about being digital is it lets us do exactly what we want, we aren't beholden to an amount we have to publish. I mentioned before the importance of people sharing our work on social media. We are only a year old and l a lot of baseball fans don't know about us, so it really does make a difference.

A: I think that information technology has (and will continue to) revolutionise how we consume and produce media. There will always be a place for traditional print and methods (sentiment, nostalgia, preference), but publishers, like all terrestrial life, need to evolve to survive.

A: We take electronic submissions
we have a website and twitter account

A: While keeping up with technological advancements is important, embracing contemporary technologies isn't a substitute for putting in real time with peoples' work. The literary community needs to be able to do both well.