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Christian Family Humor

A new Christian magazine, Thriving Family, is looking for 900-word first-person, true-life narrative humor articles. They request only full articles on spec for consideration. Payment is $250 on acceptance for first nonexclusive rights. Submit in body of e-mail to

Teaching Humor: An interview with Dr. Mark Shatz

Comedy teacher, Mark Shatz, provides great advice, such as “never accept third-party checks.”
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Office Humor: An interview with Kevin Reifler

Stooples: Office Tools for Hopeless Fools is a hilarious office catalog parody. Creator Kevin Reifler tells how the book came to be and gives advice to aspiring humor writers.
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Pursuing the Creative Life: An interview with Joel Eisenberg

Filmmaker, entrepreneur, and author Joel Eisenberg has survived as a wage slave to become a professional writer. He shares his experiences, along with a long list of contributors, in the first volume of Aunt Bessie’s How to Survive a Day Job While Pursuing the Creative Life. Read more

Perfect Pitch: An interview with Katharine Sands

Katharine Sands, a literary agent in New York City, recently wrote Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye. She will be a faculty member at the 2006 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.
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Who hasn’t self-published?

Robyn Jackson self-published her novel, “Lakota Moon.” She’s in good company with Willa Cather, Zane Grey, Mark Twain and Virginia Woolf.
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Self-publishing childrens books

The kids laughed out loud at Kristen Twedt’s first Crazy Cat story. So, she self-published it as an illustrated book. Then, she used 1stBooks to pubish a second book in the Crazy Cat series.
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Author’s POD book is first to make it to Book Sense

Saralee Perel recently won a 2005 humor writing award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Al Speegle, Jr. caught up with her to discuss her writing career.
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Reflections of Erma