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Duck:

Good stuff and I urge you to look into local newspaper publishing first, before branching out to syndication. CK's website posting about syndication is a good one for a start. The issue of what rights to ask for is a big issue right now, and one that can be very personal for the first-time writer. He or she will have to make some hard decisions about the value of having their name in print, verses holding the line about giving all rights away. Once established the issue become easier.

Anyway, writing humor is one of the hardest of any writing venue, especially, producing a funny column week after week and month after month. You'll never hear about the funny columns, but all hell will come reigning down for those the editor or readers didn't think were funny.

I've had the privilege of meeting Pat McMannus and Joel Vance, two of the premiere humor writers in the outdoor field, and attended seminars provided by them. Both remarked on how difficult it was to consistently write good humor, and that the best humor was targeted at themselves and their misadventures.

Anyway, don't give up the dream, but think local for the beginnings.

Now back under my rock,

Spence, who is getting ready for the fall hunting season
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