You know it's been a while since I mentioned a writing conference and with registration coming February 9, 2016 at 12pm EST for the New England SCBWI 2016 The POWER of (RE) INVENTION conference, I thought, now's a good time to.
Conferences are a good way to hone your skills and network with fellow writers. At this particular conference, you even have the chance to sit down with editors and agents and get your work critiqued.
So don't delay. Check out the sessions now and don't forget to register Feb 9th.
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Empowered by Embarrassment: The Value of Adding Humor to Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino
You know those times when you wish you were completely alone? Not because you wish for peace and quiet, but because you hate the fact that others witnessed what just happened to you? I’m talking about those embarrassing moments, the ones when your face burns so hot that you feel like you might just melt down into the ground – and you wouldn’t mind if you did! You know, those moments!
Here’s my advice for what to do next time you have a mortifying moment: harness it. Use it to fuel your writing. Allow yourself to be empowered by embarrassment. It can add humor to your writing and boost audience appeal. Trust me, humiliation is hot. It is!
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard editors or agents at writers’ conferences say they were looking for humor. The fact is, humor sells because people love to laugh. And most people find it humorous when humiliation happens…as long as it happens to someone else! I can convince you of this with four letters. AFHV.
Because what is America’s Funniest Home Videos other than a video catalogue of embarrassing moments — moments so awkward that all you can do is laugh? This television show has held a prime time slot almost continuously for over two decades – proof that embarrassment sells!
Need further proof? Consider this:
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Most writers love to read. In fact, it's the first advice successful authors will tell you to do, read . . . read . . . read. So why not read on a discount. While the website photos below don't do it justice, I can't tell you how many YA and MG books I've found in the stores. Some I've heard of and some completely new to me. Click here to check it out yourself.
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