Thursday, 3 November 2016

Woman's Weekly Fiction Special - December issue

You know how easy it is for characters to switch names halfway through a story, and how hard it is to spot and correct that during editing? Well, it seems authors aren't the only ones to have this problem.

Two of the stories in this issue have one author name in the contents and another on the story itself!

8 comments:

  1. Oh, whoops! I bet someone's face is red.

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  2. Oops! That happened to me once when a serial of mine was attributed to another writer in the listings.

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  3. Wonder if the print deadline got moved forward a bit and they missed off the final edit...

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  4. But who actually wrote what? Wouldn't be very happy if I was the author. Remember reading a story in WW once where it just ended nowhere as they'd missed printing the final page. An apology followed in the next issue but can't help but feel the author would have felt rather let down.

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  5. I'm not sure how this happened, but it seems a fairly easy mistake to make. I've had my story appear (in different mags) with my name, but someone else's picture, my name spelled wrong, and with a different author's name in the index but mine on the story That means it's been right more than 99.5% of the time, doesn't seem too bad.

    Having part of the story missing would be a let down for authors and the reader, Anon.

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  6. Yes - I'm one of those writers - my pen name is Casey Keane. I was a bit upset that my real name was used in the contents, but hoped that no-one would notice. Obviously not!

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  7. Hi Casey,

    I hadn't realised that a name someone would have preferred to keep quiet was revealed and thought it was just a case of them putting in a different one. Probably too little too late, but I've amended the post slightly.

    If it's any consolation, I suspect it's only other writers who've noticed. We tend to look to see who got in the mags wheras the average reader only really cares about the story.

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  8. Hi Patsy,
    Thanks for that. I'm sure you're right, readers wouldn't have noticed, and selling a story made up for everything!

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