Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Bring Back Fiction - the campaign continues

Viv Hampshire's excellent article on the declining fiction slots in women's mags is in September's issue of Writing Magazine. It outlines both sides of the coin with opinions from editors who have kept fiction in and those who have either reduced it, stopped it completely, or are only taking submissions from authors they've published before or famous authors who have novels out. It makes for interesting if worrying reading. But it's also encouraging.

Even despite the dwindling market pushing up competition and standards it is still possible to get your short stories published - I've done it, as have countless other blogspotters. It has never been so important as it is now to follow the guidelines and come up with an original and sparkling short story that will outshine the rest of the submissions out there. Don't be mediocre or flat - give your stories some umph. Read what is currently being published out there and write to the same or higher standard.

The time is right for diversifying too. Countless businesses outside the realm of writing have had to: some farms have had to open tea rooms or put on children's activities, rather than just farm, some restaurants have had to be more inventive in their menus, pubs, etc, have had to serve food when they previously just served alcohol. Why should it be any different for writers? If you only write short stories, have a go at articles and vice-versa. It's sink or swim time - I'd take any life raft that's thrown to you.

The bar has been raised and writers have to jump higher to be published. This is not the time or place for half hearted attempts, poor grammar or complacency - you have to strive to be the best. It's a challenge, but one I'm happy to take on  -  care to join me?

Happy writing

Julie xx


Diane Fordham said...

Join you, I shall! Top post Julie. Thank you! x

suzy doodling said...

You're right Julie, there are lots of letter writing opportunities too. Word per word they pay quite well. Happy Writing.

Julie P said...

The more the merrier, Diane!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

I totally agree, Suzy. When I first started out writing I wrote loads of letters! I got a night in a posh hotel for one that was published, £50 for another and £50 in book tokens for another, £25 for another one, three posh pens! Quite lucrative really.

Julie xx