Monday, 22 January 2018
A first for me!
I first sent them something in 2004. Since then I've been accepted by 11 other UK magazines (some of which sadly no longer publish fiction) and temporarily given up with TPF on several occasions. Persistence pays though and I knew I could write, so I took another look at what they wanted and tried again.
Eventually I was contacted by one of the editors. He said he liked my story, but it wasn't quite right for TPF and suggested a few changes. Of course I agreed to try (I'm stubborn, not daft). The amended story was forwarded up the editorial chain – The People's Friend have a rigorous selection process to ensure the published stories are right for their readership.
Rewriting that story, and feedback my helpful and supportive editor has given me since, have helped me gain a better understanding of what makes a TPF story, so I'm hopeful of more acceptances in the future.
Now I'm an expert on the subject ;-) here are my tips for getting a story accepted for The People's Friend...
1) Read the magazine to get a feel for what they want (current issues, not ones you found in Granny's attic.)
2) Read the guidelines. (They're on this blog - see the 'magazine guidelines' tab above if unsure how to search for them. )
3) Follow the guidelines!
4) Check fiction editor Shirley's blog, for the latest requirements. Sometimes they'll want stories of a particular type, or be over stocked with those of a certain word length.
5) Write, or at least edit, something just for this market.
6) Act on any feedback or suggestions you may receive from one of the editors.
6) Don't give up.