Seekerville is delighted with the number of emails and comments from our friends who have sold to this great magazine since our first post.
I'm not an expert but I have sold six romantic short stories to Woman's World and I've had nothing but good experiences with them. Currently I have two stories in the submission process. I only wish I had more time to write short stories.
The Basics and My Tips:
- Pays $800 for romances on acceptance for North American serial rights for 6 months.
- They accept either first person or third person point of view, feminine or masculine.
- Stories are contemporary.
- Remember your target audience is a middle class working woman who works either in the home or outside. She must relate to your story. This isn't the market for chick lit, sexy, fantasy or literary fiction.
- Write tight. The word count of 800 words gives you very little room for description or exposition. I find it is easier to write the story and then go back and trim. Review every single word. It is neccessary? Can I replace it with a more evocative word choice?
- Don't write a predictable story. I like to use the "bait and switch" technique for most of my stories. Lead the reader in one direction and then provide a satisfying twist.
- Dialogue generally moves these stories as there is very little time for introspection.
- Specify Fiction on envelope.
- Always enclose a SASE or your story will be discarded.
- No phone or fax queries.
- Submit the entire manuscript. Double-spaced. Don't simply pitch a storyline.
- Send seasonal stories allowing six months lead time.
Woman's World Magazine Update:
Response time does vary and can be up to six months. So submit it and forget it really is the best advice more than ever.
When you do sell you will receive a contract by mail and instructions on where to email your story. Again, remember, Woman's World sells upon acceptance. The sooner you return the contract following the instructions carefully, the sooner you'll see a check in your mail box.
I've submitted plenty and from my rejections and acceptances and from reading hundreds of issues, I can tell you that in general the following suggestions apply:
- They don't seem to publish clown or carnival stories.
- Pets mean everything to their owners, so no stories where the family pet dies.
- In the same vein, avoid stories where the family pet is seriously injured, lives and the owner falls in love with the vet.
- WW publishes fresh stories with a clever ending or magical twist.
- Avoid sad or depressing stories. Woman's World stories are meant to uplift and entertain.
- Stay away from main characters that are either too passive or too aggressive.
The same common sense tips are true for short stories that are true for targeting novel length fiction. Know your market. Subscribe to the magazine and read the stories. That's really the best way to get a feel for what the editors are buying.
It will also tell you what's been selling so you don't submit a theme that's been overdone.
Resources for Woman's World Magazine:
- Woman's World Romantic Fiction is reviewed each week by Kate Willoughby on her blog, Writing For Woman's World Magazine.
- Interested in joining a group of other writers targeting Woman's World? Find them on Yahoo! WWWriters.
Good luck and keep submitting!
Since we've had such an enthusiast response from our Friends of Seekerville to writing for Woman's World, I'm offering a one paragraph review of one (800 word) romantic short story each for two of today's posters. You must leave your email address and tell me to put you in the drawing. Deadline is midnight tonight.
That means it's not a detailed critique but a one paragraph review with suggestions. So if you've been thinking about subbing and want a fresh eye, drop a comment today. I'll pull two names from the hat. Names announced Saturday, March 20th and I must have your story by Sunday, March 21st at 7 am. You'll have your review by Monday morning March 22.
If you are announced as a winner you will send your story in the body of your email to tina at tinarusso dot com. No attachments.