JON: “Why poetry, but no micro/flash fiction in S&T?”
HILDY: “I’ve nothing against flash fiction. It just isn’t something we ever published before. That said, watch out for a reader’s poll about whether it’s something they’d like to see included in the future.”
JON: “Do people ever try to give you stories at conventions?”
HILDY: [laughs] “It hasn’t happened yet, but I get a lot of pitches.”
JON: “You’ve already doubled the number of issues per year. Any plans to increase it even more?”
HILDY: “Not at present. From a distribution point of view, the next logical step would be to go monthly, but the costs involved would make that too big a big risk at the moment.”
JON: “Have you come across any Prima Donnas since taking over at S&T?”
HILDY: “Not on the publishing side, but when I first took over, I inherited a good number of ‘accepted’ stories. I made it clear to the writers involved that I fully intended to honor any agreement Gordon had made with them, but that it might take a little time to sort things out. Unfortunately, one of them felt I was taking too long. He put a nasty post about me on his blog and sent an email to Gerard (our Fiction Editor), slagging me off. Needless to say, his was the only story I inherited that never got published. By the way, a word of advice to any writers out there: Editors talk to each other.”
JON: “What improvement to S&T are you most proud of?”
HILDY: “Definitely the layout and cover art. It was good before, but I love the new look and feel of each issue.”
JON: “What improvement/change would you love to implement, but haven’t yet been able to?”
HILDY: “I’d love to raise our pay rates to 5c per word, but with our relatively small circulation, I’d go bankrupt. One day though. One day.”
JON: “When do you next expect to open to story submissions?”
HILDY: “If not by the end of the year, I should say early in 2010, but don’t hold me to that. Keep checking the website.”
JON: “What do you know now, that you wish you’d known when you first bought S&T?”
HILDY: “That’s an easy one. The amount of money it costs to run a small press magazine! Not that I’m complaining. Gordon was very upfront about the pros and cons involved. He gave me a lot of great information, but it’s like when you buy a house for the first time. No matter how much you think you’ve got everything covered, there are always expenses that you never realized were coming.”
JON: “What book are you reading at the moment?”
HILDY: “I’ve been re-reading one of the Nebula Award Winners short story collections from the late 1990s.”
JON: “What’s next for Hildy Silverman?”
HILDY: “Well, I have three stories coming out in separate anthologies soon. ‘The Darren’ appears in Witch way to the Mall (edited by Esther Friesner), ‘Sappy Meals’, in an as yet untitled vampires in suburbia-themed collection (also edited by Esther), and ‘Damned Inspiration’ an extra story in the reissued version of Bad Ass Faeries (edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail). I’m not sure when those last two will come out.
JON: "Thanks, Hildy. You've been great."
HILDY: "Any time."
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