THE DORCHESTER GAS TANK - Gary's irreverent book that launched his career
Gary Provost’s book of offbeat humor, The Dorchester Gas Tank, is one of the six unpublished manuscripts he’d written after high school. While teaching himself how to write for publication, he took on a long succession of low-paying jobs across the country. At 29, in Florida, after writing for ten years, he’d accumulated many flattering letters from senior editors. But still had not sold a word. Provost saw only one solution out of his bind: Self-publishing! So, in 1974 he turned to Tank for a small-business venture. At home, after driving a laundry truck all day, he published the book himself, cranking out ink-blotched pages by hand on an inexpensive but ancient mimeograph machine, before collating and stapling the mess into a couple hundred books. He managed to peddle some copies through the mail, but most sales were to friends or friends of friends. Not bad, he thought. But stacked up against his dreams, a “wretched failure.”
SOME OF GARY’S BOOKS:
Instruction for Writers
Gary’s invaluable, easy-to-use handbook helps you solve any and all writing problems — whether you are a student, business person or professional writer. Timeless!
“A crystallization of Gary Provost’s writing wisdom... philosophy made practical.”
—Writer’s Digest Books
Are you an aspiring author? You are, aren't you! Well, here, Gary and Peter examine every secret, every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. With an outstanding array of examples, you can learn to master the cornerstones of great writing. Step by step. (An original Writer's Digest publication, it is now available to writers in ebook format from online booksellers.)
Master techniques of ripping stories from the headlines for fun and profit.
The Freelance Writer's Handbook contains a wealth of information on leads, query letters, markets and making money off of writing. This had been THE little manual for freelancers . . . back in the day.
The most popular of Gary's novels is now available as an eBook. AND is also now an AUDIBLE book. It's hilarious. It's so . . . Gary.
Gary's irreverent look at just about everything. Click to learn how this "underground hit" launched his unstoppable writing career.