Monthly Archives: July 2014

Writer’s Resource: LOCK System

Kristen Lamb on the LOCK System

Kristen Lamb is an author whose published works deal with using social media for marketing. Her blog’s focus is helping writers.

This particular post discusses James Scott Bell’s LOCK System. What is the LOCK system? It stands for Lead, Objective, Conflict, and Knockout. The link takes you to the last in the series since it provides internal links to the other posts as well as ones to James Scott Bell’s website and one of his more well-known books, Plot and Structure.

May the Muse be with you,


Submission Guidelines: Tiny Tales Of Terror

Tiny Tales of Terror

Tiny Tales of Terror is a bimonthly, drip fed magazine (each new subscriber starts at issue one).

They accept simultaneous and multiple submissions as well as reprints.

Tiny Tales of Terror accepts email submissions only.

Stories should be 5,000 words or less.

There is no mention of response time.

Tiny tales of Terror pays in digital contributor copies.

Writer’s Resource: Beat Sheets

Story Planning Worksheets

Jami Gold, a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author, created a spreadsheet that works around the Beat Sheets Blake Snyder shares in his book, Save The Cat. As if that weren’t enough, she created many more based on other writing techniques, among them Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering.

Depending on your writing style, (pantser vs plotter, character vs plot) there should be something that will help organize that amazing idea into something resembling a story.

May the Muse be with you,


Submission Guidelines: Funny Times

Funny Times

Funny Times is a monthly magazine that has been publishing for thirty years. Their focus is humor and satire.

They accept multiple submissions, but ask for no more than three to five at 500-700 words.

There is no mention of simultaneous submissions.

Funny Times only accepts submissions through snail mail.

They ask for a couple months for response time.

Funny Times pays $60 per story and a subscription to Funny Times.

Writer’s Resource: Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers works along the same lines as Writer’s Digest. They are all about providing tools for writers.

They publish a magazine six times a year. Articles are also available through the website. They offer a place to connect with other writers as well as listings for conferences.  Need an agent or some inspiration? There are links for those, too, among many other things.

May the Muse be with you,


Submission Guidelines: The Madison Review

The Madison Review

The Madison Review is a student-run, semi-annual journal published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Madison Review does accept simultaneous submissions, there is no mention of multiple submissions.

There is no mention of pay, but they do charge a submission fee.

The Madison Review does not list a response time.

All submissions are online.