|Posted by Viral Cat on May 10, 2011 at 5:31 PM|
When I first came up with the title "Viral Cat," I was imagining an alley cat, tough with moon eyes. The cat played the saxophone and read poetry. He had purple, scraggly fur and was surrounded by a host of cats. The cats would scatter during the day, strolling up and down their respective blocks, and meowing from their respective fences, only to return later that night with more cats. These cats had the creative bug; they were viral. And so it spread.
My hope for Viral Cat is that different creative communities come together to share their works with the world. I hope to achieve maximum exposure through social media.
Viral Cat started as a literary magazine. Now, Viral Cat also publishes print books and ebooks. To date, we have three titles in the works: two young adult paranormal fantasy books (part of a series), and one children's book. Of course, we're open to publishing any type of work -- fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, cookbooks, screenplays. "How random!" you say? We care about craft. Every book requires crafting. Layout, design, cover art, words -- all of these are a craft and we at Viral Cat respect that. We want authors, painters, illustrators, and filmmakers to be respected across mediums, because let's face it, artists can be elitist. This needs to end.
I've heard professors at MFA programs snub the idea of letting a science fiction "genre" writer into a creative writing program. I've also heard Stephen King fans generalize all poetry to be synonymous with Shel Silverstein. And then I've witnessed language poets roll their eyes at ryhmed poetry. It happens. But it's time we support one another. Good quality and poor quality exists in all genres, subgenres, mediums, etc.