Your Story Needs A Good Straight Man

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By BookBaby author Scott McCormick

You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.

I met this guy at a conference a few years back who told me his son would hide under his covers with a flashlight, way past his bedtime, reading my books, which is basically the greatest thing a children’s book author can ever hear.

“But we always catch him because there’s this one bit that makes him literally laugh out loud every single time.”

“Let me guess,” I said, “Poopy Pants the Smelly.”

It’s always Poopy Pants the Smelly.

I like to think I write intelligent humor that resonates with children on an emotional level, echoing their real-life experiences, and maybe ev…

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