Tuesday, 22 February 2011

People's Friend.

Had my story back from People's Friend today.  The Editor told me that the storyline was too weak to hold the readers' interest.  Although this is not an acceptance, it gives me a good idea where I can improve that story.  Will file it away for a while, then work on it again. 

Here's a great recipie for banana pancakes.  They're lovely, I had some last night.



Sieve, frying pan, mixing bowl, plastic or glass jug, whisk, spatula for turning.


4oz plain flour

Pinch of salt

1 Egg

½ pt milk.

For filling

Bananas – 1 per person. Sugar for mashing. Lemon wedges/ Extra sugar.

Oil or butter for frying.


Sieve flour and salt into a bowl. Beat egg and milk together in a jug. Make a well in centre of flour, add milk and egg. Mix well to form a thick batter.

Heat a splash of oil or butter in small frying pan. Add two large spoons of pancake batter. Cook on medium heat for two minutes until bubbles appear in your pancake. Mash banana with sugar and spread onto pancake. Fold in half and flip over until light brown on both sides. Keep warm under a medium grill until all batter has been used.

Serve on a warm plate with Devon ice-cream. On a side dish, lemon wedges and extra sugar.

Makes 4 large pancakes.

Alternatives to Banana are apple, blackberries, strawberry jam.

For luxury pancakes, drizzle with golden treacle.



  1. Sorry to hear about your story and PF not accepting it. I've got quite a collection of rejected stories from PF, but I haven't quite given up hope to be published with them yet.

  2. Thanks Jarmara for your comments. I will keep on trying as well. Hopefully that's how we can improve.

  3. Bad luck - hope you'll try them again with something else.

  4. Yes I will Patsy. Always hopeful. I can get their point, so will learn from the comments they gave.

  5. It's always helpful when they give you a reason. Good luck with the next one. They're after more stories than ever so keep trying :-)

  6. Hi Teresa,
    Thanks for your comments. Just read your scarecrow story. It's a scary one, I'm now in the middle of de ja vous. Your stories always inspire me. So pleased to hear from you.

  7. Just to say that People's Friend ALWAYS give that reason - it's their standard rejection letter so doesn't count, in my opinion! I actually sold a story to them for the first time a couple of months ago and it was so NICE not to hear that flippin' excuse any more. Though I'll no doubt be hearing it again at some point in the future!

    Those banana pancakes sound delicious :o)

  8. Thanks for that Karen. Will keep trying though. Yes, pancakes help on rej. days.