Author Archives: Gary Showalter

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.

Lots of Options, here

The digital versions of “The Big Bend”, “Hog Valley”, “Twisted Key” and “Lonesome Cove” are now available on several platforms, including Amazon, Kobo, iTunes and Smashwords. To celebrate this major (for me, anyway) publishing step, I have reduced the retail … Continue reading

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You have to get down in the weeds to win

You have to consider your writings as products and market them if you ever hope to show a profit. The “Art” of writing well is a skill you have acquired over time and through a great deal of effort. Your … Continue reading

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The Business of Writing

This has been a troublesome year as far as my profitability goes (I am a past master at understating the obvious). First, I spent way too much of my savings on setting up an E-Commerce page on a new web … Continue reading

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A Very Disappointing Outcome

Well, after ten weeks of hassles and frustrations, I have NO web site of any sort. None.  It’s all gone away. I will be getting my money back, but due to all of my attention and funds going into the … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Stuck in Web Site Hell…

…Since January. Every available penny has gone into financing the build of a new web site with an integrated blog and an E-Commerce page where I can market the audio book versions of my novel directly to the public. Sales … Continue reading

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Profit and Loss Vs. Me

There is an Ebook download alert at the end of this, I promise. But I have a few things to get off my chest, first… Okay, I get it. I’m never going to be “Rich”; It may be that I … Continue reading

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E-Commerce vs. Me

My goal for these winter months has been to set up a new web site with e-commerce capability. In simple terms, I have been working desperately to get a business running online since mid-January. It has not been as easy … Continue reading

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