Three Cheers: Gayle gets a deal!

June 13, 2008

(Updated: See below.)

Congratulations to our good friend Gayle Carline, who sent us the following announcement:

I just accepted an offer by Echelon Press to publish my very first novel, Freezer Burn. It’s a murder mystery, set in my hometown of Placentia. Briefly:

Peri Minneopa has traded her housecleaning career for a private investigator’s license. Her timing seems perfect, especially when she cleans a former client’s freezer and finds a severed hand inside, wearing an expensive ring.

We’re waiting on any further details, but for now it is enough to simply cheer—


    You go, girl!

    Knock ’em dead, kid!

—and all that sort of thing.

Good show, Gayle!

And let us not leave out Karen Syed and Echelon Press, who are good friends of the SCWC. Perhaps we are a bit biased, but picking up Gayle is definitely a good move. Personally, I can’t be doing any drinking tonight, but rest assured I’ll be raising a glass to both the first opportunity I get.

So hip, hip, and hoo-ray Gayle, and do let us know when you have a release date!

Update: The deal apparently was reached without agent representation, but Gayle did mention—and we certainly must acknowledge—the efforts of her editor, the inimitable Jean Jenkins.



  1. Congratulations, Gayle!

  2. That is so Effin great!! Now we can all say we knew her when.

    Congrats girl!

  3. Couldn’t be more happy for you, Gayle. You. Earned. This. Be sure to give us all the skinny when you come up for air.


  4. My tail’s waggin’ so much, my feet aren’t touching the ground!

    I don’t have much on the “skinny” except that the ball is definitely rolling. I’m busy writing my bio (Karen said to make it “interesting” – in light of the false memoirs running around, I can imagine a lot of possibilities…) and the jacket blurb.

    The story of how I came up with the plot and characters is full-throttle fodder for the SCWC – if it wasn’t for the Palm Springs conference in ’06, I wouldn’t have this book!

  5. Gayle, this is just the best news! Karen Syed is a gem, I like her a lot. You’re with a good house. How does it feel to have a publishing home? Warm and fuzzy!!!!

    Congratulations, it’s a fine accomplishment!

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