As usual, Dave was funny and entertaining, but he also offered some helpful advice about writing, editing, publishing, and judging.
Listed below are some notes I jotted down to share.
* Little decisions make writing better, not the big stuff.
* Don’t quit, even if you’re not gifted.
* It’s a process that takes work and practice.
* He likes writing books more than columns.
* He writes every day, although maybe a couple days he won’t.
* Wikipedia is a valuable, but highly inaccurate. Cheap and easy and fast and general.
* To nail down a fact, confirm with some other site.
* Dave knows what’s funny
* Depends on his respect for editor’s advice, generally doesn't do major rewrites.
* As long as you’re laughing, He's OK. Does it work? Does it make people laugh?
There are two ways to get published and reviewed.
Self-publish - he doesn't think is the way to go. Easy to do, pay money to do it, but almost impossible to get distributed and reviewed. Basically no quality control over content. Some may be successful, but not from his experience.
Traditionally Way - Get an agent, might want rewrites, they get it to the publisher. If publisher decides they have a sales staff and promotional people and get a review.
Someone called into the show and mentioned he was going to judge the Erma Bombeck Contest, which got my attention because I know what a thrill it was for my essay to win that contest in 2012.
Dave knew Erma. She was one of those funny writers and funny persons.
Dave said he hates judging because he wants to be nice even if he doesn’t like it.
In the end, it comes down to what he finds amusing.
You can watch Dave's complete interview by clicking here.