Thursday, 29 November 2018

Top tip for subbing to The Weekly News

I'm very pleased to have had my story Jack and Jill accepted for The Weekly News. It will be in the 22nd December issue (possibly under a different title). I very nearly missed out though, as Shirley Blair only just spotted that it was a Christmas story in time for it to be included. 

Along with the acceptance she gave me this bit of advice, which I'm repeating here with her permission –

Top tip:  it does help if you mention if it’s for a particular season in the subject line or your email. Then it’s more likely to catch my eye in time.

Shirley is also fiction editor for The People's Friend and blogs about that, so do take a look for more writing and submission tips, plus story starter ideas.

6 comments:

Sharon Boothroyd said...

Well done Patsy!
I did put 'Christmas story' in the subject line for my subs to TWN, but they didn't want them (Sob!)

carrie said...

Well done Patsy! I did it for a New Year story and it got accepted (thanks Shirley!) so I do try and do that now. And if it's for any time of year, I put that too.

Patsy said...

@ Sharon – Aaaw, sorry about that, Sharon. Better luck with your next one.

@ Carrie – It's the sensible thing to Carrie. I suppose I was thinking that because they have a relatively quick turn around they'd get read in plenty of time anyway. I expect they usually do, but if putting extra information in the subject line is helpful then I'll try to remember that.

WEll done for the New Year one.

Anonymous said...

I'll have a story in that edition as well, Patsy. It's great to be there with you! (yes, thanks, Shirley x)

AngieM

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Congrats, Patsy! Thanks for the reminder.

Patsy said...

@ Angie – I look forward to us being issue buddies!

@ Rosemary – thank you.