Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Weekly News – another update!

I've just had an email from Shirley Blair (head of fiction at the People's Friend and therefore also responsible for fiction at The Weekly News). She's given permission for me to reproduce it here ...

"Hi, Patsy. As you know I pop into the Womagwriter’s blog fairly regularly, and I picked up on the concerns about there being no auto-acknowledgement from the Weekly News email address when there had been in the past. It’s fixed now.  Just to prove we do listen and act where possible. J
Shirley."

I think that's great news – both that writers concerns are taken note of, and that we'll get the acknowledgements from TWN. I'm guessing I'm not the only person who feels frustrated about waiting for replies when I'm not even sure my submission was received.

Now, how do we convince Take A Break and Ireland's Own to reinstate the auto-reponses they once had and persuade the other magazines which accept emailed submissions, and don't yet auto-acknowledge, to introduce this system? 

13 comments:

carrie said...

Thanks for the update Patsy. And thanks to Shirley for taking note. It is so useful for editors to let us know that they have at least received our submissions so that we know they haven't got lost in cyberspace! It would be really nice if the other magazines did the same. Lets hope that somehow the word is spread, encouraging some nice responses and positive action from editors. After all, its us that provide the stories!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Shirley (and Patsy). That's really helpful.

I wish the other mags would do this. I hate sending stuff off and just never hearing back at all.

ados123 said...

That's good! Thank you, Shirley and Patsy. Time to write them a story, then...
Alyson

Anonymous said...

Thanks to you both. XX

Anonymous said...

I wish all mags would do this, too. It's extremely helpful to know that a submission has arrived safely - and this is even more helpful during those times when waiting times for a decision are very long.

Tara

Bubble said...

Thank you Patsy. Your hard work is appreciated.

Sharon Boothroyd said...

That's great news. Many thanks Shirley and Patsy. I'd love it if all the mags gave an email response when we've emailed the story. It's reassuring when we know our work has got there safely.

Eunice Mussage said...

Thank you for the information Patsy.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Patsy. What would we do without you?

AngieM

Sue Blackburn said...

Thank you Shirley and Patsy. It's extremely reassuring to know that emailed work has been received safely - would that all magazines would follow suit and reinstate their auto acceptances! xx

Patsy said...

Thanks for your comments – it's always good to know our words are being read, whether it's a submission or a blog post!

Keith Havers said...

Thanks, Patsy and Shirley. Just shows what a useful blog this is.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for keeping us all updated, Patsy, and to Shirley for listening to writers!