Monthly Archives: June 2014

Writer’s Resource: Orson Scott Card

Uncle Orson’s Writing Class

Last week I mentioned a book, this week I’m supplying the link to the writers website, Hatrack River.

Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender Series, offers a few lessons on his website about writing.  They are done in a question – answer format covering a variety of topics from POV to agents.

There is also a link provided to enter a forum to discuss writing topics, or even your own writing, with others.

May the Muse be with you,


Submission Guidelines: Connecticut Review

The Connecticut Review

The CT review is a biannual publication  since 1967 currently run by the Connecticut State Universities.

There is no mention of simultaneous or multiple submissions.

CT Review accepts submissions from September 1 through May 15 by snail mail only.

Response time is generally three to five months.

CT Review does not pay, but they offer two contributors copies of the issue.

Writer’s Resource: Character Questionnaire

NaNo’s Character Questionnaire

Back in November, or shortly before, I mentioned NaNoWriMo.  They have a blog through Tumblr where they offer writing tips and advice.  One post is a list of 46 questions to ask yourself about the various characters in your story.

Is all of it vital information? No.

Will all of these fun facts end up in your story? No.

Will it help you get a better understanding of your characters? Yes.

Will it help you understand that the characters existed before the events of the story and those previous experiences can effect and add colorful detail to the story’s plot? I certainly hope so.

Not sure what I mean by that last one?  Check out Orson Scott Card’s Characters and Viewpoint. He discusses this idea in some detail.

May the Muse be with you,


Submission Guidelines: Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review is a quarterly publication.  There are a few samples posted on the website for authors and readers to get a sense of what they publish.

They accept submissions through online or snail mail only and are not accepted July through December.

Response time for the Threepenny Review is from two days to two months.

Because of the quick response time, they do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions.  If you do not honor their no simultaneous submissions request, they will not publish your piece.

Stories should be 4,000 words or less

The Threepenny review pays, currently $400 per story.

Writer’s Resource: Publishers Marketplace

Publishers Marketplace

Publishers marketplace is the place to go for current publishing news.  They offer a newsletter, industry news, contact information, a job search, and sales tracking.

There’s a catch.  Some of it is free, some of it is only available to members.  Members pay for the privilege of being members.

May the Muse be with you,


Submission Guidelines: Bellingham Review

Bellingham Review

The Bellingham review is a biannual publication, once online and once in print.  It is operated through the writing program at Western Washington University

They accept online submissions only from September 15th through December 1st.  There is a submission fee.

Bellingham review accepts simultaneous submissions, but not multiple.

Response time can take from one to six months.

There is no mention if Bellingham Review pays for publication.

Writers Resource: Snowflake Guy

Snowflake Guy

Randy Ingermanson, “the snowflake guy,” runs the Advanced Fiction Writing site.  There, he details his snowflake method for outlining/drafting a novel, which is what he is most well-known for.

He provides some free tools, including the snowflake method and an e-zine.

If it seems like the snowflake method might work for you, he offers a software program based on the steps.  That part you have to pay to get.

May the Muse be with you,