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Tim Dorsey's new book, The Pope of Palm Beach is now out. You can read a sample here. The 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards is accepting applicants of both fiction and non-fiction books written in English and released in 2016, 2017 or 2018. there are more than 70 awards with monetary prizes totaling $10,000 with cash prizes, trophies for winners and runners up. Open to all indie book authors and publishers, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers and self-published authors. Enter on-line here Judy Carter is conducting a webinar titled, How to Stop Procrastinating and Make a Living as a Writer along with W. Bruce Cameron on Tuesday Jan 16 noon to 1 Pacific Time. It's a free interactive webinar, but they are only taking the first 100 registrants. Sign up here.
If you haven't signed up to attend the Erma Bombeck conference, you're out of luck. It fills up quickly. Maybe they have a waiting list. If not, the next one is in two years.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnist's annual column contest is open. Check it out.
Registration for the next Erma Bombeck conference begins Dec 5.
Author Allia Zobel, working in concert with the Erma Bombeck's Writer's Workshop, is open for submissions until October 23 for an anthology titled: From Hot Pants to Hormones: Celebrating How We Were Then — and Where We Are Now — Before We Forget, click here for details Congrats to new member, Dave Jaffe, whose blog, Sleeping Between Giants was the 2017 winner of the Society of Newspaper Columnists contest. From the Erma Bombeck site, here is some advice from Dave Barry and other humor writers on how to make your stuff funny. Dave will also be the finalist judge in the humor writing competition of the 2018 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, which opens December 4. click here for more. The Mark Twain House & Museum's Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest is currently accepting submissions. Submit your original stories and essays (no more than 7,000 words) for a cash prize. Submission fees go to the preservation of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford Connecticut. (Sheesh, never realized how hard it is to spell, "Connecticut"). Click here for guidelines and submission details. Mother/daughter team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella team up again with their new book, I Need a Lifeguard Everwhere but the Pool is on sale July 11. Click here for more. More good stuff from Judy Carter >> Jeanne Robertson is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, July 11 at 2pm Central to discuss how she became successful in a career in comedy. there will also be a comedy competition where the winner will win $1000 and open for her. Live event where you can ask questions. Click here to go to the site. The Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop newsletter listed two excellent sites for people who need to feed their funny bones, comedywire.com and HumorOutcasts.com. Humor Outcasts is a site where more than 100 Humorists submit funny stuff.
Donald J. Bingle's new book Frame Shop has hit the bookshelves. Check it out!
HA member Lisa Scottoline's new book EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES came out in April, Not humor, but it got great prepublishing reviews.
Sad news: Terry Pratchett, creator of the Discworld series, passed away. He'll be missed.
It's fun to go to bookstores and see books by some of our members. Jen's book People I Want to Punch in the Throat was prominently displayed in Barnes & Noble's Urbana Illinois store.
(Guh: had some stuff right here... yes, right here where you're reading ... and it got bleeped out of existence by this program. Whatever it was, you can be assured it was really interesting!)
Update to the 2014 Robert Benchley humor writing contest. The entrants are now available for reading. Click here.
Another humor legend passed, Joan Rivers. Heaven is a lot funnier now.
The deadline to enter the 2014 Robert Benchley Society Annual Award for Humor Writing competition is September 15, 2014 (the anniversary of Mr. Benchley's birth). For more details visit here
Humor lost a legend. RIP Robin Williams. We'll miss you.
HA founder Norm Cowie is a judge again (second time) for the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the largest children's film festival in the world.
Christopher Moore's new book, The Serpent of Venice is out, starring the Fool and a long, black slimy water creature. The feature, “Dock Tale Hour” debuts this month in Laker Magazine, a print and online bi-monthly publication of Times-World LLC magazine that provides light hearted humor on life at and around Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia and beyond. Its creator, Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes is also the author of I Was In Love With a Short Man Once. Laker Magazine is always looking for fresh ideas for stories and features. If you would like to share a story suggestion, contact Laker Magazine editor Andie Gibson at Andie.Gibson@smithmountainlaker.com or 540.721.4675, ext. 402. Check out this month’s column:: http://www.smithmountainlake.com/lifeStyle/lakerMagazine/wb/322397
Exciting news: Teri Rizvi, founder of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, has agreed to a relationship (defined as, we don't know the nature of the relationship yet) with the Humor Writers of America. More info later as it develops. We, of course, are happier than a hedgehog in a needle factory about this.
HumorFeed, the online "associated press" of satire news, has been revived. This selective association of humor sites brought together headlines from more than 50 independent satire sites for seven years, and ran the annual Satire News Awards for five. After a hiatus of a few years, it's back in action and accepting applications from writers who publish humor, particularly news satire, online. It's a free service that can help connect people with other humor writers and also bring a few extra readers to their sites. http://humorfeed.com
We've picked up fantastic new members from the attendees at the Erma Bombeck Writer's conference April 10-14, including NYT Best selling authors W Bruce Cameron, Mary Lou Quinlan and Lisa Scottoline.
Comedy Writers & Humorists Wanted. If you're from the southwest Florida area, the CWHW is looking for original comedy writers and humorists. Contact Carl Megill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best selling author Christopher Moore is now a member of the Humor Writers of America!
Posted a review of Diary of a Nobody Craig P Kelly reviews DL Morrese's The Warden Threat Here's Norm's review of Christopher Moore's Sacre Bleu. Lisa Lutz has a new Spellman Files book out. Check it out here. Christopher Moore's Sacre Bleu tour. Click here for info. Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's new book Lunatics
(Go to the home page and click 'blog' to read our review)
Norm checked out one of Alan Zweibel's books and posted a review here
"Voted the number one something in the area
by we don't know."
Newest member books (books under names):
Norm Cowie Adam Selzer
Christopher Moore Craig P. Kelly
Tim Dorsey Allan Woodrow
Seth Brown Lance Carbuncle
T. R. Granville Rebekah Webb
Karly Kirkpatrick Dale Andrew White
Jen of people I want
to punch in the throat
David Henry Sterry
& Arielle Eckstut
Suzette Martinez Standring