How do you promote this book? I blog regularly at Humor Outcasts, a humor site run by Donna Cavanagh. It’s a fun site with a wide variety of humor styles. I use Twitter to post links to my pieces at Humor Outcasts, as well as other pieces that I publish in lit journals. If anyone wants to visit the site, it’s at www.humoroutcasts.com
Who is your favorite author and why? Nick Cave wrote a book a short while ago called The Death Of Bunny Monroe. It’s a total hoot about a struggling salesman. I like authors with a knack for combining the darkness of “failure” with compassion for a character. Because we’re all doing well at some things and flailing at others. The other writer who is masterful at this is Jess Walter.
What are your current writing projects now? I’m focusing primarily on my writing at Humor Outcasts. I’m delving into “bigger” topics like congressional gridlock and debt and trying to offer ridiculous “solutions” to these topics. But I’m also writing about smaller things like gardening mishaps when they arise. My posts can be seen at: http://humoroutcasts.com/author/thomassullivan/
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? I think it’s important for newer writers to find places where writers help each other hone their craft. I like the site Figment.com, where you can post pieces and have others provide feedback. There are similar things like writers groups on Facebook and Google. And once writers feel comfortable they can submit to literary journals. There’s a lot of rejection in that, but the advantage is that they can see what works in their chosen genre.
Do you have any advice for writers? I think it’s important to find a voice and stick with it. Your voice is the genuine you, and trying to be something you’re not to fit into a market is counter-productive. We hear that a lot, but it’s true. I’d also recommend sending writing to any venue, regardless of its size or status in the writing world. You find people who help you in some of the most unexpected places.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? First, a big thanks for reading this and anything I’ve written. And secondly, if they’re writers, to never drop a topic because they think people won’t be interested in it. I’ve had a really nice response to a piece that includes a Flowbie. That’s ridiculous, but that’s why it’s fun.
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Genre – Humourous Essays
Rating – PG
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