Wednesday, 16 September 2009

The Lady Stops Fiction

Is it true? They've polled their readers and they're not interested in keeping the fiction?

I heard it on the writer grapevine just a few minutes ago. Not that I sold them shed loads, in fact, just the one, way back when. It was a story I'd enjoyed writing and unusually for me, of a People's Friend flavour. Come to think of it, maybe it wasn't, as PF declined it first, but it certainly wasn't suitable for Take A Break and The Lady sprang to mind so that's where I placed it. And would you believe I sent them 3 shorts only last week? No doubt they'll come flying back.

I don't feel as shocked as when Woman stopped their fiction. That was a blow. My first ever sale was to them, Summer Special 2002.

Thought: My gran first introduced me to Woman when I grew out of Jackie magazine, so I've always had a soft spot for it

My biggest thrill was when I had a 6 week run in the weekly. Sue Thomas was fiction editor back then. Happy days.


Elizabeth McKay said...

So that's another market gone, Sue. I had a feeling this was going to happen. They've had a couple of mine for ages and I'd more or less written them off (no pun intended) but it would have been nice if they'd sent them back with an explanation as to what was happening.

Note to self: Less moaning, more writing.

Sue Houghton said...

Depressing isn't it, Elizabeth? Seems the reading public prefer articles on Katie Price/Big Brother...or in the case of The Lady, How to Sell Your Posh Pile/How to Choose The Right Nanny!