Lynsey Morandin is the Editor of Hypertrophic Press. Originally from Canada, Lynsey holds a degree and post-graduate certificate in book publishing. After working as an editor for an ad agency, a few national magazines, and two publishing houses, she decided to start her own press in order to publish what she loves and encourage up-and-coming writers. For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Lynsey what she typically looks for when she considers stories for publication (as well as what tips she could provide for writers interested in publishing their work). Here's what she said:
WHAT SPECIFIC CRITERIA DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN CONSIDERING A STORY FOR PUBLICATION?
We don't look too far into previous publications or MFAs or anything like that, we just look for pieces that speak to us. We love writing that can make a reader cry or laugh, and I'm a sucker for really great, lyrical prose. Our goal with everything we publish is to evoke a physical reaction in our readers and promote great writing from great writers regardless of their publication history (or lack thereof).
COVER LETTER OR NO COVER LETTER?
That depends! I've seen some really great ones that pull me in right away, and I've