The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society

After having a personal essay of mine published on a well-known site in July 2013, I received a great deal of feedback from family, friends, and even strangers. Beyond the scope of the piece, people began commenting on the content of the rest of the publication and seemed unsure as to why I'd selected it to host my work. After reading several inflammatory works that seemed to take the side of the unpopular opinion just to make people angry, I myself became angry. This was not great writing. This was great marketing. This site was generating tons and tons of page views, but it was not generating any worth-while content, minus the rare true gem.

Back in October of 2013, along with three friends, I started The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Our goal was to publish works that represented concepts, topics, and ideas that weren't being discussed in mass media. We wanted to give a voice to groups of people who were stifled by the mainstream media. The works of fiction (short stories), non-fiction (essays), and poetry that we feature on our site might make our readers uncomfortable or even angry. But they are presented in a way that also makes our readers think, and form opinions of their own.

Since the inception of The RP&D Society, the magazine has published six issues and gone through quite the transformation. We now have a fifth editor, and we base our submission process on the idea of workshopping. We don't simply collect submissions and give them check marks or x's. We discuss the work with the contributor, fixing grammatical errors, making suggestions, and offering a fresh pair of eyes. Ultimately, it is our goal to assist the author in presenting the cleanest, most focused work possible to the reader.

We don't discriminate, even though we do see who our authors are. We talk with everyone. If we do not accept a piece, we make sure to explain what it is about the work that made us feel it wasn't right for our magazine. We feel it is our job in the publishing community to select and showcase many different contributors, at varying points in their career. Some will require more workshopping, some will require less. Some contributors (seasoned as they may be) prefer many rounds of edits. Some don't want notes at all. Whatever works for the author will work for us.

In four days, The RP&D Society will begin publishing its 7th issue for June 2014 and begin accepting submissions for its 8th issue, July 2014. We have come such a long way from trying to build a small, efficient site in someone's bedroom eight months ago and we know there is so much more to come.