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It’s easy being green

How indie publishers are responding to the urgency of the climate crisis

Submitting to the need

Whitney Moran, managing editor at Nimbus Publishing, estimates that the Halifax press receives more than 500 paper submissions a year. Multiply each submission by a couple hundred printed pages, and that represents a lot of dead trees and industrial production.

Moran, who is also a creative writer, had observed more literary publications using the online service Submittable for downloading and tracking manuscript submissions and thought it might be a suitable option for Nimbus.

“We use recycled paper and are very mindful in the office about things like composting and using reusable materials and having meetings over Skype,” says Moran. “But we also have this very paper-heavy, carbon-heavy submissions process.”

Moran wanted the editorial side of the business to better align with Nimbus’s green commitment initiated by publisher Terrilee Bulger. (The pledge also extends to the publisher’s physical space. When the press moved to its new office in 2018, they installed LED lighting and a heat pump for a multipurpose room and the adjoining coffee shop.)

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