Monday, 12 September 2016

Can you help?

Jason has asked a question -
Hi, Everyone.
I submitted a feature article to "The People's Friend" back in the first week of June.
I still haven't heard from them and was wondering if anyone had any idea how long they generally take.

This isn't a market I write for so I don't have a clue. Can anyone else help?


Kate Blackadder said...

I've just had one article published. They did take a long time to reply - that's because they never know far in advance if they'll use it or not; articles get fitted in when there is space. It may be that they won't reply if they're not going to use it, I don't know, but you could get good news months after submission. Alex Corlett is the Features Ed; it wouldn't do any harm to drop an email.

Beatrice Charles said...

I've had articles accepted 15 months after submission, although that was a Christmas theme and it probably missed inclusion the previous year. But as Kate says, it can take a while for a decision to be made.

Gail Crane said...

I've never sent an article to PF but with short stories I have found that a quick reply tends to mean a rejection whereas the longer you wait the more likely it is to mean a sale. Good luck, Jason.

Jason Dickinson said...

Thanks, everyone! What a supportive bunch you are!

I will do as Kate suggests and drop a brief querying email to the Features Ed. i just didn't want to nag!

Thanks again, folks!

Patsy said...

Glad you got your answer, Jason. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Jason Dickinson said...

Just an update in case anyone else finds themselves in a similar position. I received a reply today to the effect that my copy had arrived safely and was with the Features Team. 15 weeks so far. Will update when I get a further response so people have a benchmark 😃
Thanks again x

Patsy said...

Thanks, Jason - yes please do let us know the outcome.