“Hog “Valley” is a wrap

I finished the final round of editing on “Hog Valley” early this afternoon. The MS, with all of the add-on’s such as the Dedication page, Acknowledgements, Author’s Note and the first pages of the next novel, “Twisted Key”, runs to 366 pages. The actual MS is around 106,000 words.

It should go to the publisher in mid-July, with a release date of mid-September or early October.

It’s a very interesting story. Just so you know, it took me two years to write and edit. I hope you enjoy it.

Along with the final editing on “Hog Valley”, I have invested a lot of time over the last few months cultivating book store owners in north Florida. I now have “The Big Bend” in five stores – Green Cove Springs, Gainesville, Ocala, and 2 in The Villages. I don’t expect a lot of sales until the weather cools down and the tourists and out of state residents return in October, but any sale is better than no sales at all.

I can sympathize with anyone who wants to write with the goal of becoming a full-time writer. So start writing. Just don’t quit your day job. If I had one I wouldn’t.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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