Editor’s Desk – Week of December 25, 2015

December 25, 2015

 

Dear Intrepid Readers,

If you’re celebrating the holiday today, we hope that Santa brought you something special, and that your stockings were full to the brim with all sorts of things to help you prepare for the New Year. As for me, this is my last missive to you this year. And what a year it’s been! In this month’s Friday letters from the editor, I’ve been recapping some of the highlights we’ve had here at Zoetic Press, as well as giving you some teasers about what 2016 has in store for us, and, by extension, for you.

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Flashing bears. Just what you wanted for the New Year, right?

 

By far, the biggest project we’ve been working on throughout the fall and early winter is the new Lithomobilus store on iTunes. Starting in 2016, we’ll we publishing full-length works for purchase, as well as keeping our issues of NonBinary Review  and Unbound Octavo completely free. So if you haven’t already, install the free Lithomobilus app and get ready to read the stories we’re bringing you over the next 12 months! The Litho store is a huge step for us, and one that we’ve envisioned since we launched the press 2 years go, that’s finally nearing completion. When you start a press, you have lots of big, long-term goals that you have to chip away at slowly. To actually see these dreams become realities is both overwhelming (in a good way) and yes, a little surreal, too, because it means that you’ve effectively “tiered up”, and it’s time to create some new goals.

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The non-coding staffers, reacting to the Litho store.

 

To that end, we’re enlisting help. Part of being an industry professional is knowing that you can’t possibly have all the answers to the obstacles you’re facing. This fall, CLMP offered member the opportunity for publishing mentorship, and we decided to send in an application. To our delight, our application was accepted. In January, Zoetic Press will be working with the talented Andy Hunter of Electric Literature, to create sustainable goals for our future, to help our press grow in a way that benefits our authors as well as our press. We’re thrilled to have this resource as we kick off the New Year with our first wave of stand-alone works.

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So what kind of books can you expect from Zoetic Press, and what kind of books are we looking to publish, as we move into 2016? For more detailed guidelines, we encourage you to visit the revamped Zoetic Press website. Like any press, we look for diversity in form and authorship, as well as an unconventional approach to the limitations (or limitlessness) of literature. So far, our 2016 publication calendar includes poetry, creative non-fiction, short story collections, and our first winner of the NaNoWriMo novel contest. We’d love to see more novel-length submissions. We’re tentatively scheduled out the 2016 publication calendar, but we’re reading submissions with an eye towards what we’d like to see 2017 looking like. We hope that you’ll join us on this adventure—as a reader, as a contributor, as an author.

Before we sign off this week, let me remind you that we’re open for submissions during the holidays. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War closes on January 2, with the upcoming Alice in Wonderlandand Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet issues open into the springtime. We opened these submissions portals well in advance of the deadlines to allow authors the maximum amount of time to put a polish on their submissions—so take your time, enjoy the source work, and craft your submissions meticulously. You’ve got time!

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May your 2015 come to a close having given you a taste of what you wanted, when you wanted it and what you needed, exactly when you needed it. Kiss someone who thinks you’re fabulous, and have a happy New Year!

Until next year—
Allons-y!

 

Allie Marini,
Managing Editor