06 June 2012

EDITOR UPDATES: A new feature

Things are changing at Silverthought Press this summer, and one of the big changes involves retiring the forums that have been a part of our site from the beginning. A hundred years ago (or 2001, if you want to get specific about it) Silverthought lived mostly on a board hosted at illout.com. We were disorganized, unseasoned, and about as green as a granny apple, but our little community was one of the most fun things I've ever experienced online. We moved to our own dedicated board shortly thereafter, and it's with a bit of sadness that we let this part of Silverthought go, since Facebook and Twitter or whatever you kids are using these days really don't carry the same sort of specificity that a dedicated message board does. On the bright side, social media platforms like Facebook have let us share our books and our work with more readers than ever before, and we've made the transition right along with the rest of our writers, readers, and friends.

One part that couldn't be replicated by social media, though, was the staff interaction that made the forums so fun in days past. With that in mind, and in order to communicate a bit more directly with the hundreds of short fiction submitters that I read regularly, I've decided to revive a periodic blog feature to talk about whatever is pertinent at the moment to my editorial duties. Because I also regularly submit work to dozens of short fiction venues, I know firsthand how important it is to be kept up on what a publisher is looking for and how they're doing in terms of working through a submissions queue. There were a few terrific threads on the forum about generally what we like and don't like, and I'll try to recreate those here so that even when the forum is gone, you can still have access to them. I can also answer any questions at length here that readers, writers, or submitters might have about who we are and what we do.

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