Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Update on YOU magazine

I've had two short stories accepted by South African magazine YOU. Two at once is something that's never happened to me before, so I was extra pleased to get that bit of good news.

Response times and procedures vary greatly from magazine to magazine. Personally I find it helpful to know what's usual for each – there's no point getting anxious after three days if the editor usually takes a couple of months to reply!

The process with YOU magazine is generally that there will be some kind of response very quickly. If the editor, Lynn Ely, is away from her office there will be an automatic response saying so, otherwise she acknowledges receipt personally and quickly – often by the next day.

Once the story has been read, there are three possible outcomes. This might be an acceptance or rejection. Lynn may also ask if she can 'hang onto' the story. Again this notification will come through fairly quickly; two to three weeks is common.

If she hangs onto a story, the wait for further news could be much longer. There is hope though – both of my recent acceptances were stories she'd held onto. Think of it as being shortlisted.

If a story is rejected, this is usually done without any reasons or feedback.

If a story is accepted, you will be asked to send in an invoice (don't get too excited by the huge sum mentioned as there are a lot of rand to the pound). You'll also need to send a scan of the photo page of your passport, due to their bank rules about overseas payments. The money will be paid directly into your bank, generally after one to two months.

Some people are understandably cautious about giving out bank and passport details. The choice is entirely yours, but if you're not happy to do that, then you'll have to forego this market.

Is this kind of information of interest/use to you? If I get lots of comments saying it is, then I'll continue to provide it for other magazines as I get responses. Otherwise I'll assume you'd rather not know and will stay tactfully quiet!


  1. I think info on waiting times is always useful.

  2. These post are always useful, Patsy. Thank you.

  3. Useful information, thanks Patsy :) And well done on your two acceptances!

  4. I absolutely want to know this stuff!

    And congratulations.

  5. Gosh yes, keep info like this coming please Patsy. It's so useful.

    And congratulations on your two acceptances xx

  6. Yes, very useful information, Patsy. I’d never have tried Australia without the woman blog. Shall now try South Africa! Thanks.

  7. Very useful. Please keep posting this type of info. Congratulations.

  8. Well done, and it's useful to me, thanks.

  9. Very useful to know. I didn't mind emailing Lynn my details. Will get round to sending her another story later this year.

  10. I appreciate this sort of information as well, Patsy - thank you. I also heard of someone who had a story that was being held by YOU accepted well over a year after it was first submitted.

  11. Sophie Livingston17 March 2018 at 10:40

    Many thanks for the really useful info - I wonder could people give some advice on where/if they've had success reselling stories that have appeared in Woman's Weekly and are now out of the 'First Use' zone? I've sold a few to the magazine and am trying to get myself more organised/professional about it all.

  12. Very useful post, Patsy. Thank you. And, congratulations on your two acceptances!

  13. Thanks for your comments everyone. I appreciate you taking the time.

    @ Sophie - I did write a post on that topic, but that was quite a while ago, so it's probably about time for an update. Until I get to that, here's a link to the old one -

  14. Sophie Livingston18 March 2018 at 16:19

    Many thanks Patsy.


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