Good news today. I have a short story published in the current edition of The People’s Friend (25 April 2015 edition should you wish to buy it!). I have already had several non-fiction articles and fillers published in this magazine. But “Take a Break” is the first of my fictional tales which they have printed.
It’s been a long time coming. The
story was written and submitted in November 2013. Yes, 2013! I waited, as you
do, but there was no news. I thought perhaps it had vanished into a black hole of
my imagining behind a filing cabinet. After 3 months I chased. ‘No problem,’
they said, ‘your story is still here and is going through our reading process.’
I waited some more.
Finally, 6 months after
submission, they said YES. They paid me. Then I waited, eagerly anticipating
publication day. And waited. And waited.
Until today! And I love what they
have done with it: a few subtle edits, a fun strap line and a beautiful illustration
by the talented Jim Dewar. My ‘light hearted story’ is ready for the world to
So from submission to sale: 6
From sale to publication: 11 months.
17 months in total. It pays to be