Editor’s Desk – Week of October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015

Dear Intrepid Readers,

We’ve been Litquake-ing all week, and the past seven days have been a glorious (if exhausting) celebration of all things literary. On Monday, our own Editor-in-Chief Lise Quintana presented as part of a 5-person panel called Hot Off the Press, where agents, editors, and publishing executives provided valuable insight to aspiring authors on industry trends, obstacles on the way to publishing, the state of modern book deals, and what comes after the contracts have been signed. We attended Q and A sessions with Christopher Moore, experienced Thrillers at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, enjoyed a Flight of Poets, told Homeland Security “We’re the Bomb!,” attended an MFA mixer, got down with some Rad Ladies Lit, and united with other booklovers to proclaim that our bookstores would never be defeated. Whew! What a week!


Tomorrow is the endcap to Litquake—we’ll be at one of over 85 venues in the Mission district of San Francisco hosting an event at Litcrawl tomorrow. If you’re local to the Bay, we’d love for you to come join us at Double Dutch for Mythmaking, a celebration of our first 2 years publishing NonBinary Review. Not local, and still watch to catch the reading? We’ve got you covered! The whole event—author readings and trivia challenge—will be broadcast on Livestream, so you can join us from the comfort of your own couch! Our line-up of readers is really exciting—we’ve got Daniel Ari, Andrea Blythe, Rosemary Tantra Bensko, and B Deep. We’ve also got a surprise reader that you won’t want to miss. We’ve got trivia questions, prizes, and treats for attending guests, so head on over to the Mission tomorrow night and enjoy a night of the best literary features the Bay has to offer!

Updated FB Event

One thing that we noticed as we flitted between so many distinctive literary communities is the necessity of venturing outside the borders of your own comfort zone. A true literary community is organized and supported by a coalition of like-minded people, working towards one common goal. Insular literary communities are like Bismarck’s united Germany: while they may appear strong from the outside, they collapse when the spearhead of the community steps away because no one else knows how to run the operation, and the members have become accustomed to someone else running the whole show. So as literary citizens, we need to remember the importance of attending literary events outside of our own community—after all, we can’t expect other writers to come out to our events if we aren’t willing to show support for theirs. Not only does going to the events of other literary communities expand your network of peers, it exposes you to fresh ideas, exciting writers whom you might have otherwise missed, and sends a clear message to others that you care about literature as a whole, not just the literature of your specific peer group. So whenever you’re planning your upcoming events, see if there’s something new that you could hit up in addition to all your usual haunts.


If you haven’t already downloaded the new issue, we hope that you’ll take a moment to visit the iTunes store and install the app on your iPhone or iPad. It’s absolutely free and delivers all six issues of NBR to enjoy on your device—no WiFi required for reading after you’ve installed the app! We’re still open for Woman in White submissions through the end of the month, so if you’ve been planning to submit to the issue, we’d love to read your work while the window’s still open.

Finally, we’ve been updating our Pinterest page for all your pinning needs (those are a thing.) We’ve got loads of writing prompts we’ve collected from our favorite writing websites, and there’s sure to be a couple that’ll help you get your creativity flowing, as well as silly writer memes to get you out of the doldrums, and inspirational quotes to remind you why you’re doing the work. If reading the work of other authors is what helps get the muse speaking to you, then download our app for iPhone or iPad and enjoy each issue of NonBinary Review completely free. On Facebook, you can follow our pages (Zoetic Press, Lithomobilus) to keep up with the latest happenings, online features, blog posts and book reviews. And if you like a more personal touch, we invite you to engage with us through the Zoetic Press Facebook group. All of our Facebook forums provide you with daily links to read new blogs, book reviews and Alphanumeric features! We’re also on Twitter (@ZoeticPress and @Lithomobilus), and you can even see some of our authors reading their work on our YouTube channel. If you’re interested in hearing more from us, sign up for our monthly newsletter. We’re serious about your privacy, and promise not to flood your inbox. Want to be a guest writer for Rhizomatic Ideas, or to profile one of our contributors? Send us a pitch at blog@zoeticpress.com. Have a book you’d like to tell the world about, or know a writer that everyone should know? Send us your reviews and author interviews!

Until next week,

Allie Marini
Managing Editor