Thursday, 23 June 2011

Bring Back Fiction

Campaigns to get fiction reinstated in as many magazines as possible are popping up all over the place. I've heard of another one tonight - recommending as many people as possible email Take A Break asking why there's been no coffee-break fiction in the weekly magazine recently. The email address to use is tabfeedback@takeabreak.co.uk Readers, writers, writers' mums - we should all send a message. Fight for your markets!

My understanding is that Take A Break has a new editor who is wanting to make her mark by changing the magazine.

Not so many years ago, Woman's Weekly got a new editor, and she also reduced the amount of fiction in the weekly magazine. There was an outcry, and the fiction was reinstated and then increased. I'm all for change, but it needs to be the right change, not change for change's sake.

So spread the word, email the mags, put messages on facebook, and ask everyone you know to do the same.

11 comments:

Lynne Hackles said...

There's an excellent editorial by Carl Styants in the new Writers' Forum explaining about new editors and feedback at TaB.

When I am Rich said...

Sending my email now!
Perhaps my age is showing but these days most women's mags all seem to have very similar content so there's not much to choose between them. Coming across a good (fiction)story is becoming a rare treat!

Eileen Thornton said...

You have been awarded the Stylish Bloggers award. You will need to stop my my blog and pick it up.

HelenMHunt said...

Let's hope we hear some good news on markets soon.

Rena George said...

Just had an email from TAB's Rosie Howell, which I expect is the standard responcse being sent to those who querie the loss of the Coffee Break Fiction.
She says the powers that be have not yet cut it completely and still encourage readers to send in manuscripts - so perhaps all is not yet lost.
I've had three stories in the weekly mag and so have been particularly upset at the potential loss of this highly paying market.
If enough of us (writers and readers alike) protest maybe we really can change things.

Carriecakes said...

I have started a protest on facebook! Everyone needs some light relief after reading some of the sadder/more violent stories that you read in TAB. So I shall make it my personal mission to stop us losing a vital part of the magazine both for the readers and the writers. :-) xxx Carrie ( an avid reader!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie - good to hear of your campaign. I agree with you. We all need the opportunity to read some humour, lighthearted fun, romance or inspiring tales. I remember years ago when Chat, Best, Bella, Essentials and many of the other mags used to publish a range of fiction and very good it was too - those were the days eh? Good luck with the campaign. Good wishes Kath

Carriecakes said...

I've had over twenty women I'm very good friends with write int take-a-break with the link used, I just think it would be a shame if we lost the fiction. We all got the standard 'We aren't including fiction at the moment but keep sending your manuscripts in in case' sort of thing. But hey ho, early days! Will get my peeps to bombard them! 9 I'm mainly doing this because I love my soon to be mum-in-laws stories! (Teresa Ashby) and I will miss her work in my fave mag!!! :-) xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi All - I've just contacted The Reader about the 'bring back fiction' campaign. They've agreed and asked for a list of mags to contact on Facebook. I've sent them a list of all the mags that have ceased using fiction over the past ten years or so i've included:Woman, Woman's Own, Candis, That's life, Best, Bella, Essentials, The Lady, She, Good Housekeeping, and explained Take A Breakare planning to delete or reduce fiction publication also. I even remember that a magazine called "What Car' used to have a fiction slot. If anyone can come up with any more please post on this blog. Thanks. Kath

womagwriter said...

That's great news, Kath. Wonder if we can get some other readers mags interested and behind us?

Elaine Everest said...

I've heard from Jill Finlay. It seems The weekly News are only taking stories up to 1500 words from now on. I have no idea about the lower limits but ahve asked for clarification. They seem to have run only two stories for the past few weeks, perhaps to use up the stock of longer pieces. Lets hope they return to three as soon as possible.