Editor’s Desk – Week of February 5, 2016

February 5, 2016

Dear Intrepid Readers,

It’s been quite a week this week at Zoetic, and I am busting at the seams to tell you all about it!

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No, really, this is me trying to write it all down fast enough!

We’ve decided that we want to keep readers engaged with us as we grow, and one of the biggest obstacles we’ve faced in our 2 years is that our audience has been limited because at present, we’re only compatible with Apple devices. So as we work towards Android capability, we’ve decided to slowly begin migrating our back issues online, so that all readers can enjoy the issues we’ve curated—though for the best reading experience, if you do have an iPhone or iPad, we’d really love for you to download the reader and experience the issues and source text working the way we’d envisioned when we first conceived of the idea for Lithomobilus. Keep up with us on social media for updates on our online archives, or visit our websites for more information on what’s new and what’s coming: Narrative Technologies, Lithomobilus, Zoetic Press, Unbound Octavo, NonBinary Review, and Rhizomatic Ideas.

Next: writing these Friday letters, I take off my “writer hat” to put on the “editor sweater” (totally a thing, look it up)—and I don’t mention my own work. Lise also is susceptible to this—being Editor-in-Chief and CEO is all-consuming, and it’s important for us (and for you, readers and submitter) that we step back sometimes and remind you that we’re working writers, too. We suffer the same long wait times while other editors make their decisions; we have the same euphoric highs when our work is accepted and the same disappointments when our work doesn’t hit the mark. We read your work and we’re impressed, we’re influenced—you set the bar higher. We do this out of love. We do this for the writing. This month, our Editor-in-Chief and CEO Lise Quintana is the featured Writer of the Month at Drunk Monkeys, and we do hope that you’ll spend some time reading her work. If you like what you read, we hope that you’ll consider kicking them a little something with Patreon, or tuning in for one of their podcast readings. Drunk Monkeys is also a labor of love, and their digital pages have been graced with so many writers that we love. So a hearty, well-earned congratulations, Lise!


Last big announcement of the week: The Science Fiction Poetry Association announced its nominations for the 2016 Elgin Awards. We are proud to announce that contributors Robin Wyatt Dunn and Laura Madeline Wiseman, along with associate editor E. Kristin Anderson and yours truly, Allie Marini, have all been nominated in different categories for the Elgin Award. We hope that one of us (or all of us?) will join Independent Best Poetry Award winning contributor Saba Razvi in the Winners Circle. Best of luck to all nominees (though we’re rooting for our people, natch) and if you haven’t already, get yourself a copy of the nominated works: A Guide for the Practical Abductee by E. Kristin Anderson, Be Closer for My Burn by Robin Wyatt Dunn, Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience by Laura Madeline Wiseman, or Southern Cryptozoology: A Field Guide to Beasts of the Southern Wild  by Allie Marini.

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In closing, we want to remind you that we will be posting all of our publishing updates (for online migrations and new releases) on our various social media pages, so we hope that you’ll follow us so you can be up-to-date on all our publishing news, as well as enjoying the articles, memes and content we post for your time-wasting needs. Our Pinterest boards  are always available for your browsing pleasure, and it’s a relaxing way to connect with us and our followers, find new reads and spark your creativity. On Facebook, we hope that you’ll follow our pages (Zoetic PressLithomobilus) to keep up with the latest happenings, online features, blog posts and book reviews. The Zoetic Press Facebook group is where you’ll find new Alphanumeric features, contributor spotlights, and other literary community news—it’s also the best forum for you to connect with our editors and staff to tell us what you want to see more of on our pages.

We’re also on Twitter (@ZoeticPress and @Lithomobilus), where we bring you micro-updates and retweet the most interesting links we come across.

We have a YouTube channel for those of you who like to hear the authors reading their work. So if you’re interested in hearing more from us about updates, new releases, and some of our plans and projects for 2016, sign up for our monthly newsletter. We’re serious about your privacy, and promise not to flood your inbox. If you want to be a guest writer for Rhizomatic Ideas or profile one of our contributors, we’re always interested in hearing about the topics that interest you, or your responses to blogs we’ve published. We know that there are some topics that pique your interest more than others, and we want you to tell us what you want to see more of. Or if you want to grab the mic and tell us more, send us a pitch: blog@zoeticpress.com.

We’re always interested in reviewers for book review swaps, so check out our submissions for reviews, or contact us to get in on the review swapping!

Until next week—

Allie Marini,
Managing Editor