Duotrope Interviews Us!

Duotrope.com, an excellent resource for writers seeking markets for their work, recently interviewed us about our books, our taste in stories, and our submissions process. You can see the full interview at http://www.duotrope.com/interview.aspx?id=4969&act but we’ve posted a few of our favorite questions below:

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Weird, wicked, lovely.

Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: We have great respect for Small Beer Press, Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales magazine, Elder Signs Press, and Clarkesworld magazine, to name a few.

Q: If you publish fiction, who are your favorite fiction writers? If you publish poetry, who are your favorite poets?

A: Of course, we adore our writers, including Cody Goodfellow, Simon C. Larter, Ken Liu, Don Pizarro, Steven James Scearce, K. V. Taylor, and many more. We’re also big fans of Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, Neil Gaiman, Sean Stewart, Joe Hill, Karen Joy Fowler, Bruce Sterling, China Mieville, Seanan McGuire, H.P. Lovecraft, and William Shakespeare.

Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: The biggest mistakes are not reading the submission guidelines, assuming we won’t realise when they’ve turned in a rough draft, or those that attempt to be “modern retellings” of famous stories or characters without adding anything new to the story.

Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: Short story submissions require less of a cover letter than do novel length subs, but the accompanying email still needs to include your real name (note a pen name if you have one but never, never, submit under your pen name alone), contact information, and whether the story has been previously published.

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

A: We accept email submissions, maintain websites, have Twitter feeds and Facebook pages dedicated both to Dagan Books proper and various individual titles, and use both PoD and traditional print services. While we would never give up the printed word, we find a great story reads just as well on an e-reader too.

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A Few Updates

While more changes are in the works, there are some new ways to get information on our website.

We now have a Contributors Page which lists all of the wonderful writers and artists who have worked with us, including the name of their piece (if writing) and the titles in which they’ve appeared. Where possible it also includes a link to their interviews on our sites.

We’ve revised our pages a bit, with our staff now being listed on the About Us page. You can find the rules for art at Submissions: Art and our current open projects have been moved to Submissions: Writing.

An official announcement about the Table of Contents for our next anthology, IN SITU, will be coming soon. We’re also converting our submissions process to an automated system, making it easier for you to get your work to us, and easier for our readers and editors to make timely decisions. New blog posts are coming soon, including some amazing guest writers.

If there’s any other content you’d like to see on our website, please let us know!

New: Contact Form

You can now find a handy contact form at the bottom of our About Us page. Use it to ask about a submission, request a review copy, or send fan mail to your favorite artist or author. What do you have to say? We want to hear it!