One thing that has changed is that I no longer accept all submissions. Although I am prepared to accept all levels of writing, I have had to set some editorial standards. Obviously, from the outset there were certain kinds of writing that I considered unacceptable, and my policy on that is laid down in Creative Writing. But over the months I have begun rejecting material that I consider not “good enough,” or if I felt a writer was inundating me with their work, in which case I might accept one or two pieces and decline or postpone the rest.
A policy that I have firmly developed concerns Book Promotions. Because I advertise The Writer’s Drawer as a free website that promotes books, among its other sections, I get some authors frantically begging me to advance their latest work. My response is that I am not that altruistic: I expect a return − in the form of an original piece of writing to post at one of the other sections of the website. Misunderstanding me, some writers refer me to their blogs or websites where they’ve already posted some of their poetry, short stories, or whatever. However, I am not interested in recycling material; when I say original, I mean original, either newly written or something from their "drawer" that will meet my editorial standards. I think that’s a fairly reasonable exchange, which some accept graciously and others don't choose to pursue.
To answer the question why I do it – and I do get asked that question by people who understand how much work is involved and know I receive no remuneration (those of you who think you can make money out of low-key advertising using Google Adsense, I’d like to hear from you) – the answer is simple: I enjoy it. I enjoy “meeting” people from all corners of the globe. I enjoy reading the various submissions. I even enjoy editing them, where necessary, since it is different from the academic editing I have been doing for so long. I’m even getting more into poetry – something I’d never really taken much notice of before. I hope that I am helping writers in some small way by showcasing and promoting their work. And, finally, I’m looking forward to making the selection (in consultation with other editors and writers) for The Writer’s Drawer Book Project.