Issue 11

Editor's Note:

Of all BNW issues i've been working on - this one was the hardest to make. Not only because i'm experiencing extreme oversaturation with all things literary, but also because i don't want to spin the wheels and make just another issue of just another mag. This is not what Brave New Word is about. 

I needed focus and i needed dedication. That's why it took so long to make this issue work. 

To be honest, it's been a while since i really worked on Brave New Word in earnest. The thing is - there is no shortage of submissions coming in and i had an opportunity to make a couple of issues out of loads of submissions that were not fitting for some other issues. 

While somewhat lazy it was ultimately beneficial for the magazine - it helped to make some really diverse line-ups with many different styles mashed together in a dazzling kaleidoscope. However, there is nothing to be proud of for me as an editor.
Here's a couple of things i've learned since the last issue:
  • Issue announcements don't really work. You get a traffic spike and everyone forgets about it until you start the bombardment.
  • Double issues are bad for business. The last one had experienced a traffic nosedive the week after going live. Overexposure is a thing even for a small-time niche online mags. I guess it means i need to come with the other model. Those two issues will be retroactively rearranged into one special somewhere down the line.
  • This issue is slightly bigger than the previous. It struck me that pretending that there is no space beyond 12 or 13 authors is plain stupid.
  • BNW is moving to its own domain,
And here are some funny stats:  
  • Some writers seriously think that it is my obligation to publish their work no matter what, just because it can't be the other way. Nine authors who thought this way were sacked.
  • Some writers disregard the submission guidelines and think that this disregard will get them a spot in the issue because their stuff is so dope. Over the course of last three months there were six such authors.
  • Some writers think that adding insults and threats to the follow-ups in cases of declines is a good idea. Trio of bright minds tested this out. Gotta tell you - send more. I like it. Sometimes i feel lonely when i look at my inbox. You make my day a little brighter. Especially those who fight for justice. Keep on keeping on! I will start another blog and add every single bit of your spite for all to see. Names included. 
And about an issue itself. Unlike a couple of previous issues which tended either to textual or visual - this one is pretty balanced. There is something for everybody. BNW is at its best when it goes for maximum diversity of material. 

Also - I'm really proud that this is the first issue to include my fellow compatriots - Andriy Antonovskiy, Michael Zarichnyi and Roman Pyrih. 

Without further ado - enjoy