Q & A with R. David Fulcher from Samsara Magazine
Posted: September 30, 2010 by fsucenterforcreativewriting in Interview, Poetry
How did Samsara Magainze of Poetry get started?
Samsara started back in 1993, originally as a non-fiction journal providing reviews of other publications.
How have you seen the publishing industry change and how are you responding to it?
There is a much greater emphasis on digital media. While I intend to remain a traditional/print publication, I have tried to convert more of the back issues of the magazine into .pdf format for free viewing on the Web site.
What are your opinions on self-publishing, online or in print?
In addition to being an editor, I’m also a writer, and all of my books were self-published. I’m a big proponent of self-publishing as a channel for lesser-known voices becoming widely available to the public.
What benefits does a small press/journal offer writers?
In my mind, the small press offers a forum where writers can develop their craft before approaching professional markets.
What mistakes should writers avoid when submitting to your Samsara?
Avoid cliches – too many of the submitted stories reuse tired concepts and plot lines.
Other than what’s listed in your submission guidelines, what are you looking for in a submission?
Honesty and strong imagery.
What events/publications do you have coming up that we should look out for?
In addition to the Summer issue, we’ll be starting a writer’s “spotlight” on the Web site that provides some background information on a featured writer in the issue.
R. David Fulcher
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