I have been very lucky, over the last year, to have sold many stories to The People's Friend and am in no doubt that the interest and guidance of the editors of this lovely magazine has helped my writing. They may not be the best payers but trust me - they are a great magazine to write for.
There is no better way to get to know what a magazine wants from a writer than by hearing from the person who will be reading (and hopefully buying) your stories. If you would like to have a go at writing for them too, then why don't you pop over to Samantha Tonge's blog today, where her guest is none other than their fiction editor Shirley Blair.
I have just visited Sam's blog and it is fascinating to know what is going on behind the scenes at The Friend. Shirley tells Sam about the creation of the People's Friend Annual 2014 which is published today.
She also tell us what short story themes are likely to be rejected:
- elderly ladies in homes
- elderly ladies afraid of the young
- elderly ladies whose friends never visit
- elderly ladies whose daughters bully them
Other themes to avoid are:
- inherited cottages
- grandchildren given a technology free weekend
- a retired husband getting under his wife's feet
A particular favourite theme of Shirley's is about women's friendship.
Please visit Samantha's blog for many more fascinating incites into the world of a People's Friend editor.
For anyone who hasn't already got them, the People's Friend guidelines are here.
My next story 'For Your Eyes Only' (unless the name changes) will be published in the August 17th issue of the People's Friend.