Just received the press release for the new book, so sharing it today! A major goal for this book is to bring attention to our HO writers and authors as well! Please spread the word! Thanks so much to everyone for their support and patience during these final weeks!
Philadelphia – Writing humor is serious business. This is the credo of Humoroutcasts.com and HOPress-Shorehouse Books founder Donna Cavanagh and author of How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans.
According to Cavanagh, being funny does not always translate into the written word, and as a humorist with more than 25 years of writing under her belt, she wants to share the techniques that have helped her build a broad audience.
“It’s not unusual for writers to say to me that they have a great sense of humor, but they struggle with translating that humor into a funny essay or article. What many writers don’t understand is that humor writing is a difficult genre to master,” Cavanagh noted. “I’ve been at it almost 30 years, and I am still learning. I believe this is where How to Write and Share Humor will help.”
Based upon her humor writing workshops, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans is for writers of all levels. Written in an entertaining and encouraging voice and divided into three parts, the book highlights the “humor helpers” that writers, business professionals or speakers can use to make audiences laugh out loud, softly chuckle or smile with amusement.
“The first section of this book explains how to use specific humor techniques plus it provides writing exercises so budding humorists can practice their new craft,” Cavanagh explained. “Part II talks about the importance of blogging on both individual and community sites and the ins-and-outs of the most popular social media platforms. And for those who want to take their writing to the next level, Part III describes the new world of publishing and the options that are out there for all authors—and there are options! Plus, we have a motivation bonus – essays from humorists on what inspires their work.”
A former journalist and syndicated columnist, Cavanagh gained a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine, USA Today and other national media. She launched HumorOutcasts.com (HO) in 2011 as an outlet for writers to showcase their work in a world that offered few avenues for humor. HO now features the creative talents of more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors from all over the world. She has taught the how-to lessons of humor, blogging and publishing at The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Cavanagh has penned four humor books Reality: Fantasy’s Evil Twin, Try and Avoid the Speed Bumps, A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life (which she wrote with her dogs Frankie and Lulu) and Life On the Off Ramp.
“I’m very excited about How to Write and Share Humor. I’ve taken on the role of a mentor in the last five years, and it’s a role I don’t take lightly,” she said. “I encourage writers and humorists to email me to talk about their work. Sometimes, humorists don’t get the respect they deserve, but humor is essential to survival. My job is to make sure their funny work gets out there.”
How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans is available in Paperback and Kindle.