The publication of Counting the Pennies has been a bittersweet moment for me. On the one hand I’ve sold a short story to a magazine that averages a fortnightly readership of 280,000 plus, and only accepts 26 stories a year. But the editor has made quite a few changes. The title went from Counting the Pennies to Money, money, money (though they did use counting the pennies immediately below the title), an additional paragraph was added to the end (which I have to admit does make the ending better), and some words have been changed and sentences re-arranged. Now I don’t want you to get the wrong idea – it is still the story I wrote – just that the editor has altered and added to it in places.
I’ve read that when you sell a short story to a magazine the editor can pretty much do anything they want with it, but it still came as a shock to see the changes; especially adding the cliché ‘beating around the bush’! Maybe I’ve been spoilt with my anthology publications, where other than a few grammatical changes, the story is exactly as I wrote it.
What do you think? Have you had any experience in the women’s fiction market? I’d love to know your thoughts or experiences.
But delay those thoughts for a moment because it's time to announce the results of the competition. After assigning all 36 entrants a number, I used Random.org's True Random Number Generator to draw the three winners. And here they are:
1st Place - Jen
2nd Place - Michael G-G
3rd Place - Summer Ross
Congratulations to all three winners and thank you to everyone who entered. I'll be contacting the winners shortly for addresses, anthology choices, and in Jen's case, a character name!