BeanPods Press, LLC

BeanPods Press, LLC We proudly introduce BeanPods Press; North Fulton, Georgia's newest Independent Publisher. BeanPods began in the minds of a husband and wife, journalists and freelance writers, who often encountered the assertion: "I always wanted to be a writer, but..."

We offer talented amateur writers a chance to publish their work. We require no query letters, outlines, or synopses; only a sample of one's finished work (see submission guidelines below). BeanPods publishes anthologies or compilations of essays targeting current events and popular trends.

Mission: ...Changing our future, one writer at a time.

Ooo, look what we found! Here's a writing prompt from _Writer's Digest_. They have a year's worth of them for download. ...
A Long, Long Flight |

Ooo, look what we found! Here's a writing prompt from _Writer's Digest_. They have a year's worth of them for download. That oughtta start your writing juices flowing. :-)

After a hectic day, you are looking forward to a long flight you have planned. It's the first vacation you've taken in two years, so you're extra excited. But when you get on the plane, you get seated next to a person who wants to tell you his/her life story (which you're not in the mood for). But p...


To our mind, there is no better company when writing a story than a thesaurus, and a good dictionary. Mainly, they keep us from using the same word multiple times on one page. Here are some great alternatives for the word "ask:"

Question - implies continuous and careful asking during a given period.
Inquire - may refer to a simple act of asking, but often implies a comprehensive search for information.
Query - usually suggests questioning to settle a doubt.
Interrogate - a more formal word, applies especially to official questioning.
Examine - refers to close and detailed questioning.
Quiz - to oral and written examination of students.

Let us know if this helps, and we'll post more in the future.

Now go write!

At 21, Tolkien was more fascinated by Finnish mythology than his Classics Degree...
Frodo, Bilbo, Kullervo: Tolkien's Finnish Adventure

At 21, Tolkien was more fascinated by Finnish mythology than his Classics Degree...

While still at university, J.R.R. Tolkien became fascinated by Finnish mythology, abandoning his Classics degree to adapt the epic Story of Kullervo — work that led to the creation of Middle Earth.

Looking for something to read? How 'bout this?

Looking for something to read? How 'bout this?

Modern aircraft enable travel from any major city, USA to Africa or the Pacific Rim, a trip that once required months, in only 15 hours. Given the sheer volume of traffic and connections from these airports alone, a pathogen brought in from abroad could infect most major American cities in a matt...

Let's create some "trouble" today. Who's with me?

Let's create some "trouble" today. Who's with me?

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Timeline Photos

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“Twilight” fans who declared themselves “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob” will have to rename their allegiance thanks to 400-plus pages of bonus content released today from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer in honor of the hugely popular book’s 10th anniversary. The new story is told through the eyes of…

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"Yoga Girl" Rachel Brathen on Natural Beauty Products, Busy-Person Yoga, and Her New Book:...

This is great! My mother swore by doing yoga. She did it every day since the age of 20 to her death. And she looked great! Ask anyone who knew her.

Rachel Brathen—a.k.a. “Yoga Girl” to her 1.2 million Instagram followers and fans—is known for her inspirational wellness advice, positive outlook, and beautiful photos of Aruba, where she now lives. A Swedish native who says she was addicted to cigarettes...

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The _Weird Tales_-inspired anthology is still in the works. Repeat: the project has not been cancelled.

Mags and I have had to make numerous adjustments to our plans of late, as a result of which BeanPods has been relegated to the bottom shelf. When Darden Restaurants decided to sodomize its employees earlier this year, Mags had to go back to work fulltime in order to obtain insurance. At the same time, my company renegotiated its contract with the union, as a result of which spouses and dependents are no longer covered – only individual employees.

We’ve also had our hands full with the chickens, the garden, the orchard, etc. This is to say that we’ve been a little busy. We’ve also had to replace one computer, with predictable results – many, many lost and misplaced files.

Luckily, the Gods have smiled upon us – even while the Fates were sticking out their tongues and lobbing “horse apples.” The anthology is back on track, and we’ll be accepting submissions into September, for a planned (Knock on wood!) December release.

Unlike the last two BeanPods anthologies, this one isn’t themed, strictly speaking. It’s an homage to _Weird Tales_ and other “pulp” magazines of the 1920s -50s. Hopefully, you know the type: lurid, four-color covers, cheesy, newsprint pages, and unacceptable “trash” (most of which is now considered classic) within.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

1.) We don’t want vignettes, but neither do we want novellas. Keep the length between short-shorts and conventional short fiction. Although, to reiterate, we don’t want vignettes, we do have a sense of humor. A short piece with a faked cliffhanger ending (“To be continued next month…”) would be acceptable, provided that the tongue-in-cheek nature of the device is readily apparent to the reader.

2.) We’re looking for fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or any combination thereof. The feel of the pieces is all-important, though. Before submitting *anything*, thoroughly familiarize yourself with the pulp genre. This shouldn’t be a problem for any serious writer or fan of speculative fiction. The list of pulp luminaries reads like a veritable Who’s Who of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror: H.P Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, Lin Carter, L. Sprague De Camp, Fletcher Pratt, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Henry Kuttner, John W. Campbell, Stanley Weinbaum, C.L. Moore, Hugo Gernsback, early Ray Bradbury, et al. In other words, the people who *defined* the genres.

3.) Have your ducks in a row before you submit. I am an editor, not a ghost writer. I do not gladly suffer hours of rectifying bad grammar, incorrect usage, and clumsy syntax. Language is the primary tool of a writer’s trade, and a writer who can’t employ it properly is to be taken as seriously as a stonemason who is a stranger to both hammer and chisel. Although my editorial policy is relatively liberal, I expect submissions to meet the standards of a local, weekly newspaper, at the very least. In short: If you wouldn’t send it to the _Podunk Picayune_ or the _Cornville Crier_, don’t send it to me.

4.) I do not expect anyone to ape the writing style of the Golden Age. This collection is a tribute, not a carbon copy. What is all-important, though, is preserving the mood and feel of the old pulps. If you’re not sure how to pull it off, I’d suggest having a look at Stephen King’s “Jerusalem’s Lot” or anything by T.E.D. Klein. This might be the toughest part, insofar as developing a feel for pulp fiction is analogous to developing a feel for playing the blues – it can be learned, but it can’t be taught.

5.) Don’t worry overmuch about the conventions of Aristotelian dramatics. You’re dealing with a guy who becomes multi-orgasmic over James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Wolfe, Upton Sinclair, and Kaiko Takeshi, after all. I’m not saying that structure is irrelevant, but for God’s sake, don’t kill yourself churning out anything as formulaic or predictable as _Harry Potter_ or _Twilight_.
“Yeah, yeah, I know… The feckin’ dog is a fetch of his deceased fiancée, and as soon as he realizes that Auntie Priscilla’s ring is actually a life-restoring talisman, and touches it to Buffy’s collar before the clock strikes twelve on the anniversary of the day he proposed to her, she’ll be restored to life. All he has to do is do is miraculously figure out the magic angle, and conclude that the dog hates his current love-interest because she’s a gold-digging bitch -- *before* he gives her the ring as an engagement present. This will happen on a dark, stormy night, upon which ol’ Buffy leads him to the No-Tell Motel at which the femme fatale is having an assignation – only to be hit by a car. Then, love will conquer all, and I’ll spend the next six hours doubled over with the dry heaves.”

Bear in mind that today’s staid, hackneyed conventions are the calcified remains of the Old Timers’ experiments. Consider, for example, Robert E. Howard standing heroic conventions on their noses by introducing stark, in-your-face naturalism to his “Conan” and “Kull” stories: sometimes, the protagonist simply made it through the story alive – and that was the best he could hope for.

Well, I suppose that’s it. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Roswell, GA


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