Monday, 6 October 2014

Lovely Liz

Part of my epic trip to Scotland took me somewhere near Dundee. Lovely Liz Smith (fiction editor from My Weekly) previously said that if I happened to be somewhere near Dundee to let her know. I did let her know - and she flew to Tenerife! She had to come back though, so here we both are.

If she wasn't the fiction editor and I didn't hope to sell her more stories I'd tell you how her cake was much larger than mine and had a lot more cream, but she is and I do, so I won't. Instead, I'll pass on her top tips for getting stories into magazines - have a good idea, write it well and study the market. This last doesn't mean skimming through an old copy in the dentist's either. Buy several issue and read them carefully. Liz has worked in the fiction department of more than one publication and says she's had to reject good stories just because they don't fit the market they've been submitted to.

Btw, although My Weekly are currently closed to those writers who're not already known to them, Liz  confirmed she's happy to hear from those who've had features, serials or pocket novels published by My weekly.

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  1. Great photo - and Liz is a lovely lady. I've met her a couple of times over the years when she came to our writing group and found her so approachable.

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  2. Sadly, I didn't start writing until after MW decided to close their doors to new writers - I've heard they're lovely to write for though.

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    1. I was lucky to get in just before, Wendy. Could you write a feature and sneak in that way?

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  3. Hey, I once had a feature in there, so watch out Liz, I have an idea...

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    1. Liz, I'm so so sorry if I've unleashed Suzy on you!

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  4. That's cool you got to meet her. I bet she sees all kinds of wild submissions.

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    1. She did tell me that in the past she's had some which weren't quite suitable, Alex.

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  5. That's a great pic of the two of you! Glad you finally got to meet in person. :)

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    1. Me too, Linda. There's never been any difficulty communicating by email, but it's nice to know what she's like in person.

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  6. I won't submit to MW then, except a complement for Liz and yourself. You both look mighty fine!

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  7. Makes me (almost) want to take a break from novels :O)

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    1. It's a very different type of writing, R Mac.

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  8. So neat that you got to meet! Btw, love her light blue jacket, pretty!

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  9. After having only email contact with Liz, it's great to see what she looks like!
    And glad that cake played a large part in your meeting.

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    1. That's how I feel, Sally (about meeting her I meant, but the cake part was also good)

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  10. How nice that you were able to meet up. If I'd known she was coming to Tenerife I'd have hovered at the airport in the hope of "bumping into" her!

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    1. I didn't know where she was going until afterwards, Lizy so I couldn't alert you.

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  11. What a wonderful opportunity - and the cake was a bonus, even though you got the rougher deal!

    Helen

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    1. My 'rougher deal' was approximately the weight of my head in gooey chocolately goodness, Helen so there's no need to feel any sympathy for me!

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  12. How lovely to meet up with Liz! Liz was the first ever fiction editor I met - I was pregnant and very nervous and I can remember almost every detail from sitting on the train to London in a state of terror (because I don't like travelling) to coming home afterwards on cloud 9, but she put me at my ease straight away :-) x

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    1. Oh poor you, Teresa! That must have been an uncomfortable journey.

      I wasn't nervous, but if I had been I'm sure I'd have relaxed as soon as I met her.

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  13. About 10 years ago I too met Liz and the team. My mother and step-father lived near Falkland and Dundee was hardly far - the Team were celebrating something (can't remember what) and I was taken out to lunch as well. I also met the People's Friend Team cos they share office space and one of my stories was 'on the board' so I could see how it was being printed. It was lovely to meet all of them, glad you've had the pleasure too, Tosh.

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    1. Seeing your work being got ready for print must have been interesting, Celia. I didn't actually go into the offices - Liz kindly came out to meet us so we didn't have to negotiate Dundee with the van.

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  14. Another happy post, I heard about this meet on your radio interview Patsy!! Good photo of you and Liz!!!

    Take care Patsy,
    Charan :)

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