Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interview with Ty Drago, editor of Allegory

Allegory is an online/PDF magazine published three times a year specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror genres -- as well as anything original or "quirky."

Today, we are honored to have editor Ty Drago join us for an insightful interview.

W1S1: First off, how would you describe your role(s) at Allegory?

Let's see ... Founder, Publisher, Editor, Manager, Recruiter, Layout Artist, Financier, Indentured Servant, and pretty much everything else. Every four months, I launch myself into a cycle of submission collection, distribution, reading, rejecting, accepting, writing articles, picking cover art, designing the issue, collecting authors contracts, biographies and promotional photos, writing checks, paying web hosting fees and filtering letters to the editor. Then, when I'm done, I do it all over again. This past May makes forty-two times!

W1S1: What are the top three things you look for in a story?

First and foremost, I look for a kick-butt, attention-grabbing beginning. I'm a big believer in seizing your reader's attention on the first line. Second, I look for a surprising, unconventional twist in the plot. Finally, I look for a strong, satisfying ending. Make me laugh and you have a real shot. Make me CRY and you're in!

W1S1: Typically, what makes the difference between a story's acceptance or rejection?

There's no easy answer to that one. At Allegory, I give my editorial staff a lot of leeway. Each is a talented individual and each has his or her own instincts regarding what works and what doesn't. For myself, those three rules I listed in the last answer are the key. But I know for a fact that the others may have slightly different criteria. So let's keep it simple, shall we? Just write the best story you can.

W1S1: What fresh story ideas/themes/genres would you like to see submitted to Allegory this year?

No easy answer to that one either. I like sociological science fiction. I like urban fantasy. I like a good ghost story. Vampire and Nazi tales are a tough sell, since I rarely see anything original in those rather over-used themes. But again, some of the other staff editors might feel differently.

W1S1: If you could change anything about the publishing industry today, what would it be?

I'd very much like to see more distribution of small press publishers. E-publishing has helped, giving novice authors publication opportunities that would otherwise be hard to come by. And there are still some print houses with the vision to gamble on an unknown writer (Sourcebooks comes to mind, but I may be biased!). Unfortunately, so many big publishers seem so focused on the bottom line that it's hard to them to invest in an author who doesn't "hit it big" right out of the starting gate. It's a shame.

W1S1: Thanks, Ty!

So for all you Write1Sub1ers who might have a story to submit, go check out the Allegory submission guidelines here. If you'd like to see their most recent issue, go here. Also, please visit Ty's Amazon author's page where you'll find his latest book, The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses.


  1. Forty-two issues, is a wonderful acheivement, thanks for giving us your insights, Ty.

  2. Nicely interviewed, Milo. And thanks for being interviewed, Ty!