I'd welcome your help in keeping this blog lively, useful and up-to-date with the world of womag fiction. Please send me any news directly related to women's magazine fiction. I'll credit anyone who sends anything I use.  Don't forget to include a link to your own blog, fb page etc if you'd like that shown.

I also want to hear your own news - if you've sold your first story or have a book coming out that blog readers might be interested in, let me know. Short guest posts about filler writing, or providing writing prompts are also welcome.

Feel free to ask questions, although I don't guarantee I'll be able to answer them. This book is a great source of writing advice which I strongly recommend – and I'm hardly biased at all!

Although I'm happy to use guest posts by blog readers, the posts, unless on a subject mentioned above, must all relate to women's magazine fiction - not writing in general, not women's issues, not women's fiction but women's magazine fiction.  If you'd like to do a guest post, please email me first (mainly to check I don't already have something on a similar topic scheduled).

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vivian said...

my name is Viv, a complete novice at writing,
hoping you can clear something up for me, after re-writing a short
story correctly with Capitals, paragraphs
My writing used to contain a lot of dot....
after each sentence.
reading the guidelines for submitting a story to Take a Break [Fiction Feast]
it says a typed story? is that a typewriter or the keyboard on the laptop
then printed,

Patsy said...

It can be either, Viv. If you have it on your computer then send a printout as that will be easier to read than a typewritten piece - and you want to make things as easy as possible for the editors.

Jan said...

Hi patsy . Can you buy readers digest at the newsagent ? Or is it only ny mail ?

Could we have a list of magazines that pay for "fillers" please and

Is it ok to use a "pen " name when writing fillers , of course giving a correct name and address , in case one was a winner ? If a cheque was

Sent I wouldn't want the cheque to be in my "pen" name !

Many thanks. Jan

Patsy said...

Hi Jan,

Sorry, no idea about Reader's Digest - I don't recall seeing it on sale anywhere.

I have done a few posts on fillers and invited blog readers to do the same - neither have recieved much in the way of response! However I will add more when (if!) I get the time.

Fillers are generally personal stories or opinions, so I imagine that magazines would prefer your real name to be used, but if you'd rather not then you could explain that and ask for it to be published under a pen name.