I have a story in the charity anthology 100 Stories for Queensland, which was put together to raise funds for the victims of the flooding in Australia. And that reminds me, I do actually still have to buy a copy of it myself! (No freebies if you are donating a story to a charity anthology, but it’s nice to be ‘in print’ and for a worthy cause). Details here, if you’re interested.
I also have a story (‘Summer Snowflakes’) in the current issue of The People’s Friend, under my pseudonym of ‘Harriet Young’. Why do I bother? (‘Sue de Nimes’ would be a good one!). I’m not sure really! My first publishing successes were with PF and I was a) a bit shy and b) thinking that perhaps I’d be moving on to ‘greater things’ … as if there could be! Anyway, I am going to kill Harriet Young off for the next story that PF accepts from me because there’s nothing to be embarrassed about! My Nana used to read People’s Friend and she’d have been soooo proud to see me published in her favourite magazine. If you’d like to write for People’s Friend (they’re one of the few remaining women’s magazines that publish and pay for fiction), then have a look on at the guidelines on the womag blog here.
And finally, Words With Jam has accepted an article I wrote about ‘Delivering a Writing Workshop’ (and which was turned down by both Writers Forum and Writing Magazine). It will be appearing in the October issue. Sending the article to Words with Jam was my ‘plan B’ (always have a ‘Plan B’ when you write something! If ‘Words with Jam’ had turned it down, plan C was to put it here on the blog). I’m not getting paid for it, because ‘Words With Jam’ is a freebie publication and doesn’t – yet – pay any of its contributors. But I’d rather have my work ‘out there’ than sitting, unread, on my memory stick and who knows, if Words with Jam continues to go from strength to strength, it may well turn into a magazine that charges its readership and gains advertising so that it can pay for articles. Hopefully, if that happens, the editor will remember those people who helped them out in the early days!