Ampersand Pages: an Inside Look


Photo courtesy of the Ampersand Pages website

Students have the opportunity to publish their writing and artwork through Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance (KM Perform)’s literary journal Ampersand Pages. With it’s fourth volume in progress, I decided to check in with the Co-Editors in Chief, Paige Kuhn and Riley Haller, and ask them about what happens behind the scenes.


Q: Why did you join Ampersand Pages?

KUHN: I joined Ampersand Pages because I submitted some work to the journal last year, and thought it would be interesting to see what the publishing process is really like. I felt that not many people knew about Ampersand Pages, and I wanted to make sure that everyone in KM Perform had the opportunity to get their work out there.

HALLER: I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn something new about being part of and possibly running a team. I also wanted a look into the publishing world, and this definitely gave me some insight.


Q: What are some of the benefits of submitting work to Ampersand Pages?

KUHN: When you submit your work to Ampersand Pages, you are enabling a community of writers and artists to give each other feedback and showcase each others’ talents. Not to mention, Ampersand Pages is great for first-time publishers (which many high school students are); it’s a great resume-builder, too. It’s really cool to see your work published in a literary journal that is read and recognized outside of the walls of KMHS.

HALLER: Submitting to Ampersand Pages is an easy way to get your work published. It’s free to submit, making it the most accessible way to get published. It’s also just rewarding and fun to see your work among a lot of other strong pieces of art and writing.


Q: What is the editing process like?

KUHN: After the writing and art are submitted, a team of editors sifts through every single piece by genre, determining any changes that need to be made before publication. The editors work closely with all the authors and artists to make sure that both parties are satisfied with the work. Then, genre editors narrow down what pieces they think are up to the Ampersand Pages standards. After that, those pieces are handed off to the Co-Editors in Chief to look over. Once approved by the Co-Editors in Chief, the pieces will be given a final look over by Ms. Suhr. Then, the layout process for the journal begins, and the works are handed off once more to the Book Layout specialists. Once the journal is completely laid out, there will be a test printing, and any necessary changes will be made based on that copy. Then, we go to print, and the Ampersand Pages journals become available for purchase on Amazon shortly thereafter.

HALLER: Stressful, but in a good way. It’s a little hectic at times when people take a long time with editing, but it’s a fun process overall because you get to see writers rethink and adjust their pieces to fit the [tone] of the book. Everyone has a pretty good time doing it, because our team is comprised of volunteers that all enjoy editing to some degree.


Q: Where are you in the editing process for the fourth editition?

KUHN: We are reaching the end of the layout and book design process. We will likely order a test print during the first week of May.

Ampersand Pages Volume IV will go to print in May, and next September, the whole process will start again. Given that some of the publishing staff will be graduating, there will be many open slots for new editors to join. Aspiring editors can sign up for interview times at the Ampersand Pages 2019 release party, and ask Ms. Suhr any questions. The editing staff and published artists can’t wait for you to see their hard work!