Ep 18: How to Work With Bookstores, and Writing Humor

This week’s episode is much longer than usual–about 40 minutes–because our discussion with bookstore manager Frank Cole was just too darn interesting to trim down. Frank gives a lot of great advice to authors about how they should develop their relationship with bookstores, what they should and shouldn’t do at signings, and what will make a bookstore eager to have you back (or eager to have you leave).

Next we talk about how to write humor. How and why should humor be used in your writing? How is it different if you’re writing a humor for humor’s sake (like Frank and Marion’s MG novels) or including humor in a different genre (like Sarah’s romances).

Finally, we play a rousing game of Bad Romance–including a brand new theme song!–and Frank creates a really strange booby trap.

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7 Responses to “Ep 18: How to Work With Bookstores, and Writing Humor”

  1. Krista
    June 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I think this is one of your best episodes. Even the game. You heard me.

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  2. Jane
    June 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Definitely one of the best episodes. I learned a lot – thank you for the great tips. And my local bookstores will thank you for the cookie platters one day.

    That was an AWESOME Bad Romance – my co-workers are wondering what I was laughing so hard about. And gotta love that theme song.

  3. Dan Harrington
    June 2, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Loved this episode. Thanks for the tips, Frank, and I would buy this prequel!

    Now how about an episode on dealing libraries and public readings?

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