Shirley Blair, fiction editor of The People's Friend, emailed the following message for this blog. Thanks for visiting, Shirley, and thanks too for the offer of answering any questions. I'd suggest blog readers post questions for Shirley after this post. Great to hear there will be more PF fiction specials this year!
Hi, Womagwriter. I’ve been dropping in on your blog occasionally, I hope you don’t mind. We’ve made a lot of changes over the last year or so in how we deal with the fiction in The People’s Friend, and I thought that visiting your blog would give me an insight into if or how any of those changes might be affecting you and your followers. And of course, once I’d visited a couple of times I was hooked! What a lively bunch you are!
Something that was a concern from my point of view was the build-up of stories waiting for attention as we adjusted to the changes in our system, but I thought I might use this opportunity, if I may, to assure any writers who were put off by that that we’ve made massive inroads to that backlog and are now looking at turning stories around in 12 to 16 weeks.
I can also tell you that we’re producing more specials than ever this year, including four that are exclusively fiction. The Spring and Summer Fiction Specials for 2011 are well in hand, but that leaves Autumn and Winter Fiction 2011, plus our usual Summer and Holiday Specials. And then it’ll all begin again next year! So, any writers who had given up trying, were put off trying, or had never thought of trying writing for us — now’s your chance! We have excellent guidelines that anyone can have by emailing a request to email@example.com
Thanks for allowing me to make this visit. Oh, and if anyone has any questions, post them on the blog and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Thanks again for your time.
Shirley E. Blair
Commissioning Fiction Editor, The People’s Friend.