It’s been a while since I’ve posted news of all our various goings on and whatnot. But everyone at Big Other has been up to all kinds of great things.
[…] im saying dont think/worry about what editors want. dont worry about “what they like.” read what you like and write what you like. dont study a journal just to try to get published by them. first, you should love what you write. then you should love what you read. then think about maybe this fits here maybe.
Yeah, I pretty much agree with Darby’s thinking on this. When editors ask me to figure out what they like I don’t think very much of them. That’s their job. My job is to make what I like. Sure, it’s possible to take that attitude too far, but editors who want fewer submissions can limit their window for slush or etc. I want everyone to submit to Uncanny Valley who wants to so I can choose the best possible, coolest work. I don’t want them worrying in particular about what I want. And I never worry too much about what they want.
I agree with Darby and Mike (and I admire Mike’s editorial stance); I’ve said things like this myself: writers should write whatever they want to write, and damn everyone else’s eyes.
But today I want to try thinking past that thought. Why do I want to write what I want to write? And is it really entirely my decision?
A conversation with: Matt Bell, John Madera, Jeff Parker and Amber Sparks at Soda Bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 629 Vanderbilt Ave.
Matt Bell is the author of How They Were Found, forthcoming from Keyhole Press in October 2010. His fiction appears in literary magazines such as Conjunctions, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Willow Springs, Unsaid, and American Short Fiction, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2010 and Best American Fantasy 2. He is also the editor of The Collagist. For more information, click here.
John Madera’s work is forthcoming in Conjunctions, The Believer, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Corduroy Mountain. His fiction has appeared in Opium Magazine, Featherproof Press, elimae, Everyday Genius, ArtVoice, Underground Voices, and Little White Poetry Journal #7. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, his reviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Bookslut, The Collagist, DIAGRAM, Fiction Writers Review, Flatmancrooked, The Millions, The Prairie Journal: A Magazine of Canadian Literature, The Quarterly Conversation, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, New Pages, Open Letters Monthly, The Rumpus, Tarpaulin Sky, Word Riot, and in 3:AM Magazine. He is editing a collection of essays on the craft of writing (Publishing Genius Press). He edits the forum Big Other and journal The Chapbook Review. Former fiction editor at Identity Theory, he is senior flash fiction editor at jmww. His monthly column, “A Reader’s Log(orrhea),” may be found at The Nervous Breakdown.
Jeff Parker is the author of the story collection The Taste of Penny (Dzanc) and the novel Ovenman (Tin House). His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Short Fiction, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Walrus, and others. He co-edited Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House) and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto.
Amber Sparks’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a bunch of places, including New York Tyrant, Unsaid, PANK, Wigleaf, The Collagist, Artvoice, and Everyday Genius. She also is the fiction editor at Emprise Review. She has a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University, and a cool job doing new media stuff for an international labor union. She lives in Washington, DC and can be found on the intertubes at www.ambernoellesparks.com.
There’s been some new pieces lately so I wanted to refresh this.
Mark Doten “The Spider and Salt Hearts: A Fragment”
Sean Lovelace “My Identity was Stolen”
Amber Sparks “May We Shed These Human Bodies”
Rusty Barnes “Something Like Love”
Thomas Cooper “The Primary Reason”
In order of appearance:
Ravi Mangla “Souvenirs”
JA Tyler “Inconceivable Wilson”
John Madera “Was What it Was”
Scott Garson “Buffalo Gymnopédie”
Peter Zinn “You’ve Got to Feel Bad for Hardware Stores”
Neely Terrell “E”
Ken Sparling “The Worst Day of My Life”
Kim Chinquee “Soldier”
Matt Bell “Hali, Halle, Hamako”
Eric Beeny “Laundry Day”
Lydia Copeland “She Turns Out the Lights”