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Monday, 2 March 2020

My Weekly pocket novel guidelines


13 comments:

Sue said...

Pity they can't spell psychological..

Carolb said...

Good to see they appear to be flexible on the time period for historical settings.

Patsy said...

@ Sue – To be honest, I struggle with that one!

@ Carol —I get the impresion that if the storyline is appropriate and interrsting they'd consider any time, genre, them etc.

Celia said...

Awful pay!

Patsy said...

@ Celia – perhaps, but there are other benefits including a lot of help and support, and a reasonable chance of publication for a book which fits the guidelines.

ados123 said...

This is my goal this year - a pocket novel for My Weekly or The People's Friend!
Thanks for the reminder...
Alyson

Jenmy Worstall said...

About the low pay comment - don't forget you can resell to Ulverscroft for a large print version (my 'Love And Lies' coming out with Ulverscroft on 1st May - yippee!) and then you are also free to self-publish (have a look at my 'Three Hundred Bridesmaids' on Amazon). I went back to the original title to self-publish; worth remembering you are publishing your own original edition of your book, not the edited version you've sold to D C Thomson or Ulverscroft. I found the whole pocket novel experience brilliant and, as Patsy said, there are other benefits too, all the help and support and so on.

Jenmy Worstall said...

Encouraging article here from Lucy Crichton (now the new PF fiction editor):
https://www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/2019/05/30/could-you-write-a-peoples-friend-pocket-novel/

Patsy said...

@ Alyson – good luck!

@ Jenmy – Congratulations on the Ulverscroft sale and thanks for the link.

Liz said...

I haven't ruled out trying one of these down the track, so it's good to hear there are various benefits to compensate for the payment. I'd be interested in how reselling for the large print version works. Do Ulverscroft take all My Weekly and People's Friend pocket novel titles?

Patsy said...

@ Liz – I've not (Yet?!) had a pocket novel published, so can't tell you much about it. Maybe someone who has sold a large print version would like to do a guest post on the subject?

Patsy said...

@ Liz – There's a guest post on that very subject coming very soon!

Liz said...

Great - thanks, Patsy!