Friday, July 29, 2011

Ha-Ha! Make 'em laugh!

Why humor?

It’s no surprise that using humor in advertising is an effective way to connect with your audience and humanize your brand or company, but what about using it for social media?
Adding humor to your social media strategy can be a great way to get people’s attention.
If you appeal to your audience emotionally, you’ll have a much better chance that they will further engage with your brand or product. Doing so will help your customers remember you, share your content and have a better understanding of what you stand for.
Finally, an emotional appeal differentiates you from the millions of other companies out there bombarding their social channels with nothing but self-promotion.
If you’re not “humorizing” your brand, product or business, then you might be missing out on a ton of unseen potential.
Here are 5 tips to help you get started:(go to the link) 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Call for Submissions--funny dog and cat pics!

I am on the hunt for funny animal photos for a humor book project that's in the works. Do you have any you'd like to submit?

I can't give away all the project details just yet, but it's a humor book that combines pet humor and a little silly political humor. I am looking for animal photos—mostly dogs—that are in any way out of the ordinary. They can be wacky, like a dog trying to ride a bike; they can be amusing, like a dog wearing a Santa hat; or they can just be out of the ordinary, like a dog chewing up a VHS tape. Basically, if it's unusual (i.e., more than just a straight-up photo), I would love to see it. The photos do not have to be political in nature; please no captions.

If you love your dog/cat as much as I do and want to see them in a book released nationally, this is a good opportunity. If I can use your photo, I will let you know within three months or so (if the project moves forward). At that time, I will need you to fill out a permissions form for use of the image. There is no financial compensation, but if the photo is used, your name will appear as a credit in the back of the book (yay!) and your dog/cat will forever be immortalized in an awesome way.

If you have one (or several!) photos to submit, please send them to as soon as possible. Put "Pet Book" in the subject line. Easy peasy. Thank you in advance! This book, if it gets green-lit, will be tons of fun.



Monday, July 25, 2011

Summary for Deb

I tallied it up and guess what I found!

I have published: 
 7 books 
13 Newspaper articles 
1 Literary Journal entry-poem 
2 Anthology entries-poems
5 EZine Articles-how to articles for writers 

I've given 
4 public presentations (how to) 

I've been 
Editor for 2 Newsletters 
Technical Writer for 1 Board Game 
Website content development for 3 websites 

I have 

20+ years industry writing experience 
20+ years training development and delivery 

Deb Simpson, Author
One Moment, One Memory, One Motion,  ISBN 978-0-557-42967-7Pink Place & Blue Blaze, A Special Edition ISBN 978-0-615-48979-7A Guide To using Pink Place ISBN 978-1-463-55523-8
May your life be filled with many wonderful Moments, Memories and Motions! 

Writers Digest--New Competitions!

Writer's Digest is proud to announce 6 new short story genre competitions!
Science Fiction/Fantasy | Thriller | Crime | Young Adult | Romance | Horror 
It's as simple as this:  choose your genre. Start writing. 

No prompts, no pressure, no limits. Enter your most imaginative work in 4,000 words or less. Each and every one of the 6 new competitions offers the chance to win $1,000!
Concoct a thriller. Tingle spines with a horror. Melt cold hearts with a tender romance. Whatever genre you prefer, whatever story you want to tell -- we have the competition for you.
SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASYWhat does the future hold? Colonized planets, maybe. Apocalypse? Perhaps time travel. You decide. Enter by September 15, 2011.
Thriller/SuspenseWhodunnit? Don't keep us in suspense! YOU do September 15, 2011.
Young AdultHarry Potter. Twilight. The Hunger Games. The popularity of Young Adult fiction has everlasting life! Sink your teeth into it!Enter by October 1, 2011!
RomancePlease...we ache for your entries. Don't be cold-hearted. Enter by October 15, 2011!
CrimeA bank robbery. A theft. A murder. We'll start you off with this clue: The deadline is October 22, 2011!
HorrorJust like the barely-audible shuffles of a zombie, the deadline's far-off ... but it's coming.
The UnDeadline: October 31, 2011