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2012-10-04

Carlyle signing newest novel at Dogleg

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Local author Doug Carlyle will launch his newest novel, "Vinegarone," on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 am until 1 pm at the Dogleg Coffeehouse at 315 Main Street in Bandera.

Carlyle began writing seriously during extended business trips. Later, he filled in the minutes between calls while working as a paramedic.

Carlyle uses a multi-faceted approach to selling his novels. Book signings, stocking copies at local venues, and social media forums provide opportunities for sales. He maintains a website with links to Amazon.com, Createspace.com, B&N, and Independent Bookstores. These options make ordering a copy of the book quick and easy.

Doing interviews and providing press releases to newspapers is also a marketing tool.

The author uses his website to "expose visitors to my writing and me," he said. "When I contact other authors, editors, publishers, I give them my website." Using the technology, he can get an idea of who is looking at the site to guide him to new contacts.

However, "there is a huge audience of readers who don't have ready access to the internet or computers. Therefore, being visible, and getting the book into stores is essential."

Carlyle published his first novel, "In Search of the Fuller Brush Man," in 2011. He is also working on a trilogy titled "Boundaries."

Carlyle delayed his boyhood dream to be a fireman/paramedic, completing a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before going to work for Motorola-Austin, VLSI Technology and Philips in San Antonio. He began to realize his dream by volunteering with fire departments and EMS services in the communities where he lived and is now a certified paramedic.

The novelist belongs to the Writers' League of Texas and the Houston Writers Guild. "They have regular workshops on improving one's writing skills," Carlyle said. "They also sponsor conferences that bring authors, publishers, agents and editors together. I regularly take advantage of such workshops and conferences."

He has also entered his writing in various contests. "It's one thing to have your book scrutinized by someone you know. It's another thing to get objective opinion. Contests provide me with that feedback."

His first novel has been recognized by the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, the Spring 2010 Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest, the 2010 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Novel Competition, and was a 2012 BRAG Medallion honoree.

For more information about Carlyle and his novels, and to order a copy, go to his website at http://www.dbcarlyle.com/