3 thoughts on “Book review – for readers and writers – no.25: Morgen Bailey reviews Kath McGurl’s Short Stories and How to Write Them

  1. kathmcgurl says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Morgen! I am glad you liked the book.

    I suppose there are quite a few first person stories in it. Maybe I sold more first than third person – not sure. I should count up.
    As for whether women’s magazines prefer first or third, present or past tense – it all depends on the magazine. The Weekly News prefers third person, past tense. Take A Break don’t mind first or third, but definitely prefer past tense (they altered Finding Mum from present to past for publication). Woman’s Weekly will take any, as long as it’s well written.
    And although most stories tend to have a female MC that’s not a set-in-stone rule. All the stories in my book were published in the mags and as you spotted, there are a number of male MCs in there!

    I picked the stories for the book not necessarily to be a representative sample of what the mags publish, but to illustrate the points I wanted to make.

    Thanks once again, and I look forward to your review of Ghost Stories and How to Write Them!


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