Re: RARA-AVIS: Bouchercon, UK mags, People's Friend

Date: 12 Oct 2004


Re your comment below:

> > If the former, Miki Hayden, in the most recent
> issue
> > of MWA's newsletter THE 3RD DEGREE, reports on a
> UK
> > magazine called THE PEOPLE'S FRIEND, which
> publishes
> > "hundreds of short stories every year" as well as
> > serialized novels.
> The very thought of any Rara Avians having short
> stories published in
> The People's Friend makes me laugh. I think when
> they say their
> readership ranges from 30 to 80 they're off by about
> 30 years at both
> ends. On an unplanned visit to ER once (and aren't
> they all?) I was
> stuck in the waiting room with nothing to read but a
> 3 year old copy of
> The People's Friend. The nearest the magazine gets
> to hard-boiled is if
> you forget to switch the kettle off while making a
> nice cup of Earl
> Grey. No violence. Or sex, drugs or rock and roll.
> Although you might
> get away with a story about a wee old lady with an
> addiction to Dundee
> cake and a twinkle in her eye as she listens to her
> Engelbert Humperdink
> records.

I plead not guilty. I was passing along market info, not claiming a familiarity with the publication. Moreover I warned that the readership demographic, as described ("traditionalist," 30 to early 80's) and the
"generalist" nature of the magazine might make anything remotely hard-boiled a hard sell.

Since I saw the market posting in the MWA newsletter, I assumed they at least took crime fiction. And, in their heydey, generalist magazines on this side of the pond, like SATURDAY EVENING POST and COLLIER'S, did publish hard-boiled mysteries.

And, if you're a writer, it's better to know about a potential market than not to know.


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