In December, one of Paper Tape‘s authors submitted us to Duotrope, and our listing was accepted. Duotrope is an online database of writers markets and invaluable resource, especially new writers who don’t yet know the major publishers of their genres. Most literary journals fail in their first year, so new publishers are listed as fledgling markets for the first six months they’re on Duotrope. Earlier this month we graduated. In addition to Paper Tape joining the more mature markets, and I had an opportunity to share what Paper Tape is and how we work in an editor interview.

When it’s done well, most of an editors’ work is invisible, so I was grateful for the opportunity to talk about it, especially with wonderful questions like these:

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

A: I think it’s important for publishers to be thoughtful about how they use technology. Personally, I am interested in the ways that the Internet and ubiquitous mobile devices change the way readers interact with literature and art, so Paper Tape makes an effort to be accessible to a person who might do most of their reading on a phone or tablet. Because this is our audience, we prefer short (“commute-length”) pieces. We publish one piece a week, and our website has a relatively minimalist design that works well with social media, RSS readers, and personal magazine readers. At another time in my life, I can imagine publishing work for people who prefer to spend an afternoon with a print quarterly, and I would approach technology much differently then. A good publisher thinks about their writers and their audience and does their best to connect them in a way that makes sense.

 

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