Since I announced the online magazine Babou 691 three weeks ago, Editor Amy M. Vaughn and I have received amazing feedback. From pitches and submissions for articles to those wishing to join our staff—we currently have two staff reviewers and five columnists—as well as a number of questions. So I thought Amy and I would answer some of those questions from Facebook and Twitter here on this blog.
I’ve started a page here on this site with the latest information and news about Babou 691. Keep checking back as it is frequently updated! Want to send us a query/pitch? The information is all there.
Q: Is it mainly going to be reviews or can you write about weird art stuff from any angle? – Madeleine Swann
A: Reviews are only a part of Babou 691. A good portion of our content will be essays, columns, interviews, listicles, and pretty much any other way people want to talk about the bizarre and surreal literary and visual arts.
Q: Are you taking submissions? – Pablo Pencil
A: Yes! We are accepting standalone articles, article series, and monthly columns at the moment. More information about where and how to send pitches and queries can be found here. We are also looking for original art on a limited basis.
Q: Does your content come out in issues? Do I have to subscribe? – Anna Besnik
A: Rather than put out “issues” (monthly, seasonal, etc.) Babou 691 operates like a news site. Content is added throughout the week. Our magazine is 100% free. No subscription needed.
Q: How often will you post? – Tagg Torsby
A: At the moment, we are planning two to three articles a week, posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We hope to increase this in the future.
Q: What are the long-term goals for the magazine? – Ben Arzate
A: Long-term success for Babou 691 would mean a continuous, sustainable stream of high quality content that celebrates bizarre and surreal creations and their creators. Once established, we hope to launch an accompanying litmag in both print and online for bizarre and surreal fiction, poetry, and art.
Q: How badly are the NY Review, n+1, and all those hoity toity literary magazines quaking in their boots at your coming? – Ben Arzate
A: They’re terrified. I received an email from Ian Buruma, the editor of the New York Review of Books, begging me to desist. In his words: “It’s impossible to compete with Babou 691! You’ll absolutely ruin us.”
Q: Will you have ads for other book news in the magazine? – Donald Armfield
A: We hope to monetize the site at some point, but in the meantime, if you are looking for ways to promote books and authors, we’re happy to work with you through reviews, interviews, and other creative angles.
Q: How many doves are you using? – Duncan Bradshaw
Q: If I have a comet and it doesn’t have a tail, can we still stream live from it? – Duncan Bradshaw
A: If I receive a question and it doesn’t make sense, can I still answer it?
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Email: baboupress (at) gmail (dot) com