Sunday, 22 November 2009

Woman's Weekly - more fiction specials

As of next year, Woman's Weekly are planning to publish ten fiction specials a year rather than eight. That's good news for us - they'll need to buy another fifty stories a year to fill the extra issues. Great to see one fiction market increasing! And it's not that long since they increased from six to eight a year. Proves good fiction is really popular!

30 comments:

Suzanne Jones said...

Hooray - terrific news.

:-)

Julie P said...

That's really encouraging, Womag. Thanks for the info. I must try and send some more off to them in the new year.

Julie xx

Kath said...

Wonderful news, Womag. Let's hope it's a sign that things are changing.

Patsy said...

Brilliant! Thanks for the great news.

As you say, it proves there's a demand for these stories, despite what some editors seem to think.

Elizabeth McKay said...

Nice to hear some good news on the magazine front for a change. WWFS is my favourite magazine as a reader as well as a writer.

Colette McCormick said...

Great news - thanks for passing it on.

Olivia Ryan said...

Oh, thank God, Womag! When I first saw your post on the Dashboard, I thought it said 'Woman's Weekly - NO more fiction specials' - and my heart sank so low, I nearly put my back out picking it back up again!!
As you say, this is great news and a real boost to short story writers as so many other markets have dried up or seriously shrivelled. Thanks for cheering us up! x

Debs said...

Great news, usually we're hearing the opposite thing. Thanks for letting us know.

Amanda said...

Brilliant!

Quillers said...

Great news, womag! Now if I could just get them to accept one of my stories ...

HelenMHunt said...

Another reason to love Woman's Weekly!

Viv said...

When so many markets are disppearing, it's great to hear of one doing so well that it can expand. 50 more lucky story writers can look forward to a success they may not have had.

womagwriter said...

Olivia, so sorry to have frightened you! Yes, it's great news. I love WWFS, and always keep one in my handbag in case I get stuck somewhere and need something to read.

Diane said...

I think it's fantastic news. Good for them. About time we saw something positive for fiction writers.

Anonymous said...

Hi I've sold over 20 stories so far to lots of different mags but how many do you have to sell to each mag before your 'wages' go up? Is it 10 or 50? What's the magic number? Any ideas?

womagwriter said...

Anon, I don't think there is a magic number. Some mags pay everyone the same, only varying depending on the length of the story. My Weekly has a sliding scale though, and I began to get a bit more when I'd sold 6 to them, I think.

Lydia said...

Great news! WW Fiction specials are my favourites too - especially since they've now bought some of my stories! Anon - I think re: payment, at the mo they are all trying to get away with paying as little as pos, especially if you're a new writer to them. I know that a mag I've recently cracked is paying me less than other more established writers. MW/PF do have a sliding scale but also have a cap.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your replies re: sliding scale payments.

I'm so pleased WW is adding issues next year as it is both great to write for and to read. Best stories by far I think. Nice people to deal with too.

penandpaints said...

That's great news, thanks Womag. Can I just ask, if a story gets 'close' do Womans Weekly ever offer hints to improve it, like PF do, or do they always just send standard 'the editor is pleased to have read your submission, but regrets that it does not fit with her requirements' kind of thing? I find them so impersonal after a 7 month wait!

Lydia said...

penandpaints: My experience with WW is that you mostly get a standard letter, but if it got a bit further you'll get a tick sheet form which tells you the reason for rejection, which is better than nothing, but not really that helpful. Still it's a reason to rejoice because it means you got a bit further! Once they've bought from you they'll just email "no" with possibly no reason! But echo other people's comments about them being lovely to deal with.

penandpaints said...

Thanks Lydia, i'll look forward to receiving that elusive tick sheet then at least I'll know it was a step closer!

Kath said...

I've never had a tick sheet but I once had a non-standard letter saying they liked my style but it was a well-worn theme. I wish they'd explained what they meant by a well-worn theme because it didn't seem particularly well-worn to me and I'm a regular reader!

Since then, unfortunately, I've just had the standard letter.

Olivia Ryan said...

Whenever I have a story rejected by WW, it's always with one of two phrases: either' well-worn theme' or 'no surprises'! So I can only guess that either my stories tend to be predictable (at least, those they reject are!) or these are their two standard rejection phrases! x

Mitchell said...

Good news on an increasing market. After a few months researching the magazines and trying some ideas, I'm about ready to start submitting. One thing though... as a man I'm in two minds about whether to come clean to the editors and use a female pen name, or just feminise my own name (easily done) on all correspondence.

I would just go for the latter, but hearing that some editors (TAB for example) like to make a phone call, I may have to come clean. Or get the Mrs to be me on the phone, which she's offered to do - he he - since she claims she could write for these magazines in her sleep (but is, funnily enough, always too busy to prove it). Thanks.

Bernadette said...

Mitchell, the mags don't seem to have a problem at all with male authors, and it may confuse payments if they don't know your real name, so I wouldn't try to hide it.
Also, I don't think it's necessary to have a female pseudonym - though by all means do so if you prefer.

Mitchell said...

Thanks a lot for the advice Bernadette. I'll give my correct name - will still use a female pseudonym though as I have a very different writing style under my own.

I have to say that the online womag writers community is the friendliest, most helpful I've come across on the web. Given that everyone is basically competing against each other (but still fall over backwards to see their colleagues succeed) is an inspiration in itself.

Olivia Ryan said...

You're right, Mitchell, about the support - and in fact I've found it to be true across the board in the writing community. Even the most successful writers are generous and encouraging to those starting out. Good luck with your writing and I'm sure it's right that editors don't care about yoru gender. I've seen other male writers published in the women's mags.

Geoff said...

Mitchell, interesting to hear someone with the same issues as me - a man trying to get his stories published in women's mags. I think I'll take Bernadette's advice and use my own name. Be good to hear how you get on, though.

Geoff

Geoff said...

Does anyone know who I address my covering letter to at WW? Is it Gaynor Davies? Sorry if it sounds trivial but I hate just putting Dear Sir/Madam or To The Fiction Editor.

Thanks,
Geoff

Bernadette said...

Gaynor Davies is fine, Geoff.