Sunday, 6 February 2011

New Love Stories - apparently out of business

Looks like the New Love Stories magazine is no more. The website is gone and submissions come back with an auto-reply saying they are no longer accepting submissions.

Another market lost. :-( I've removed them from the guidelines links on the right.

Does anyone know what happened to them? I know quite a few of this blog's readers sold several stories to them.

14 comments:

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Oh, no! I just sold them another story towards the end of last year and signed the contract. I can't believe it. Thanks for letting us know.

womagwriter said...

Hi Rosemary -how late last year did you sell the story? I've just noticed there's a comment on my NLS guidelines post from 30 November last year from someone saying they'd had the emailed response about taking no more submissions. Hope you got paid for yours anyway.

Dream it, then do it said...

Thanks for this post, womagwriter. In June 2009 I sent two stories to them. Almost a year to the day later they indicated an interest in one of them and asked me to rewrite it. Now another eight months on at least I can move on and maybe hone the stories for another market. They seemed to be quite encouraging in their responses but incredibly slow.
Once again this blog is shown to be invaluable.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Womag - I've just looked it up and the story was accepted late October. Unfortunately they only pay on publication so I guess I'll need to kiss this one goodbye.

This latest blow makes me glad to be moving on to novels, even if they take longer to write!

Suzanne Jones said...

Such a shame. We really don't need to lose another short story outlet.

puteh said...

Aside from The Edge, does anyone know of another market that accepts somewhat 'racy' short stories ?
Else our stories will need alot of rewriting before sending elsewhere !

Dream it, then do it said...

Me again.
Just heard my story has been accepted for 100 Stories For Queensland which I also found out about on this blog.
Thanks again.

Diane said...

Sorry, it's me again ... but if you signed a contract for your story, Rosemary, you should technically still get at least a kill fee, especially from a US publication (they're only just catching on in the UK ...). If they've gone bump, this is where an invoice would have helped, because that makes you a creditor.

It's really bad news that yet another short story market has gone. But it's another reason why "payment on publication" simply isn't good enough.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Diane - no invoice so I guess no 'kill fee' - I wouldn't even have thought of that in this situation.

My story wasn't very racy so I can probably try it somewhere else if possible.

Diane said...

You don't need the invoice, Rosemary, you have the contract. This should ensure you get any kill fee, but it won't be as helpful as an invoice if they've gone bump.

Publishers bank on us not knowing what we're entitled to, it's rare for them to volunteer a kill fee, but all the same, they rarely argue when they're asked for one.

Sorry, Womag, I keep hijacking your blog. :-)

Geraldine Ryan said...

Rosemary I once sold a story to a Bauer magazine that went out of print very shortly after they'd bought it. I still got paid though. Not only that, a few weeks later I got a call to say they wanted to buy it for another Bauer publication, so I got paid again!

As Diane says, you ought to get something and you might get the lot! Fingers crossed for you!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks Diane and Geraldine - I'll see if I can do something about it!

Carol Burnside said...

I had a story in their premiere issue. They say "We will buy first global publishing rights and electronic and internet rights in all languages as well as future anthology rights.

You may not resell your story before it is published in Love Stories Magazine."

Does this mean that I can resell now as they only bought 1st rights? If not, can you get rights back on a short story?

womagwriter said...

Hi Carol

You can certainly try to resell your story to another market, as long as you state it was previously published in New Love Stories.