Saturday, 19 September 2009

That's Life Fast Fiction

I have a story in the latest That's Life Fast Fiction (Australian) and my contributor's copy arrived the other day. It's a really nice looking magazine and I am delighted to be in it - my first Australian publication. There are numerous other blogging pals in it, and I'm honoured to share pages with them.

The only changes I noticed made to my story, are to change the names of the characters. I guess names have different connotations on the other side of the world. My female MC's name was changed from Dee to Ada. Now to me, Ada is the name of someone's Granny, whereas my character is a young, not-long-married woman. And her hubby's name was changed from Jim to Hamish. I would only call a character Hamish if he was to be a caricature Scotsman. But I guess things are different down under.

Finding the right names for characters is always important. But I hadn't realised that names which are right for one market, might not be right in another. Interesting, isn't it?

15 comments:

Colette said...

TLFF have changed the odd thing of mine to make it more "Australian." In one that they published I had written about a girl wearing a vest which they changed to singlet. On another occasion they changed the title.
I'm surprised by the name thing though. Ada is my friend's Granny.
Well done on selling the story.

Anonymous said...

Congrats womag! Just thought I'd mention that Ada is the name of a young gorgeous actress who was on a TV soapie here, so could be why it doesn't have that "granny" connotation.

Janie B said...

Congratulations on being published. What a great feeling!

Debs said...

Congratulations.

Julie P said...

Well done, Womag writer! My very first (and currently only,sob) published short story was published in That's Life - Fiction Feast's sister magazine and I found it useful looking at what they'd changed:title, some of the waffle had gone making it a much beter and tighter story. Very interesting as I'd never submitted anything to them before;the story took me a couple of hours to write including editing and I'd never seen the magazine before in my life! I didn't think the story stood a chance but it just goes to show! They say write about what you know and study the magazine for which you are writing for - neither 'rule' applied here and it still got published! I just wish I could write something publishable again!!

Julie xx

Lily Sheehan said...

Congratulations!! My mums name is Dee (but thats short for Daphne)

Patsy said...

Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Julie P: your post is so NOT helpful to us strugglers who do read and study and draft and redraft (and get the rejections) LOL!!!! I also noticed in this issue of TLFF that one of the first stories is about the Lotto, and according to their own guidelines, that's a big no-no! How's a newbie supposed to get a look in when the rules don't seem to apply?

Julie P said...

Hi, Anonymous! I know! LOL. That's what happens in this crazy world of writing for the women's mags! You should take heart in the fact that I'd had many, many, stories rejected by the women's mags prior to the That's Life publication and I've had nothing but rejections from the women's mags since!!

You never can tell what's going to happen.But we are all going to keep trying aren't we?!

Julie xx

Flixton Mum said...

Maybe Jim is the caricature Scotsman name down under (see you Jimmy).

But wasn't there a Dee on Neighbours a few years ago? I'm sure she was blonde and attractive and of an age to be recently married?

Well, I suppose it's good that countries on opposite sides of the world are different, otherwise life would be very dull.

Tam said...

Congrats on the sale, Womag. It is a nice looking mag, isn't it?

Olivia Ryan said...

Great stuff, Womag! I've recently started sub'ing to the Aussie mags so will keep my fingers crossed. Yes, funny the things they have changed - especially names. Can't quite work that out!!

AJ said...

Well done. I managed to get into Issue 18 this year with my story but like Julie P have had no further success, although have some short listed:-(. I will keep plugging,have a few stories submitted and still waiting to hear. I hate waiting lol. Well done Colette and I like Ada, they say all the old names are coming back.I n these times we must recycle, recycle. lol

Inkpen said...

Hi all - just found my way here recently and love this blog. I used to write for a couple of mags and now, having re-started a year or so back, am writing for one of them again (the other was the late-lamented fiction spot in Bella). Names are one of my love/hates so I sympathise, womag! I can't start a story till I have the names right and I have books and books of baby names in order to find them. (People used to see these on the shelves and clearly wondered if I was 'Trying' and didn't like to ask!) My favourite is a Guinness book that listed top names for the last century and for different countries. Surnames, too, county by county ... Hmm, perhaps a tiny touch obsessive here?! Anyway, congrats womag.

AJ said...

Sorry I mean well done Womag.