I’m a little tardy in posting about this, as I have been on holiday in between, but in May I attended a People’s Friend fiction workshop accompanied by my writing friend Maryanne.
I have tried sending my stories to women’s magazines on and off over the last few years. It has been gutting to receive each story back a few weeks later with a compliments slip or letter saying “we have read your story with interest but no thank you,” or words to that effect.
I’ve had advice from other, more successful women’s fiction writers, attended workshops and had help from my fellow writers at the writing group I belong to, but still publication in this genre has evaded me. Almost at the point of giving up, I saw Tracy Baines mentioned the People’s Friend workshop on her facebook page. And, it was being held not too far from where I live.
I have to say this was a brilliant day, and money well spent. It was being run by Fiction Editor Shirley Blair and one of their most successful writers called Alison. The advice was good – what to do and what not to do; how to present your stories; market research about the readers; focusing on what the reader wants; what is taboo and what is not taboo; building your character profiles and more. There were also practical sessions where we had a chance to do exercises and then read out our work.
So, I’m really inspired to have another go. The only thing stopping me now is the day job of writing non-fiction and editing, which has suddenly got busy. So there may be a bit of a delay, but I’m more hopeful. I’m not greedy, just seeing one of my stories printed in the People’s Friend would make me happy. My fingers are crossed!