Tuesday, June 28, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Gayle Carline

Gayle Carline was a software engineer for thirty years, until she chewed her way out of the cubicle to become a writer. She began her career writing for an equine magazine, then landed a job as a weekly humor columnist for her very local newspaper, the Placentia News-Times. In 2009, she published her first novel, Freezer Burn, with a small press. In 2010 she decided to try life as an Indie author with a book of her columns. What Would Erma Do: Confessions of a First Time Humor Columnist debuted in December 2010, as both an ebook and a paperback. She had so much fun with that book, she released a short story, Clean Sweep, as an ebook, and will *soon publish Hit or Missus, the follow-up to Freezer Burn, in both paperback and ebook format. *Soon is to be determined by the delicate intersection between her schedule and her ability to make a decision about the cover art, jacket blurb, etc.

  • Buy a supply of steel wool and scrub yourself with it daily. You need thick skin to be in this business.
  • If you get a negative review, DO NOT argue with the reviewer. It will make you look like a jackass. Do, however, submit the negative review to The Worst Review Ever (http://theworstreviewever.blogspot.com). You could win something. 
  • If you're in the middle of a scene and you get writer's block and can't think of what to do next, hit one of your characters in the head with a golf club. At least then you can describe the ambulance and flirt with the cute EMT.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, so much, Kathleen! I'd like your readers to know I DID decide on cover art, etc, and have released my latest Peri Minneopa Mystery, HIT OR MISSUS. It's available in paperback and e-format (Kindle, Nook, and other ereaders).

    Thanks again for having me on your blog.


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