THE GREAT AMERICAN
by DL Tolleson
September 2, 2016Editions, News and an Iconic
In March of 2016 The Lighthouse Press, LLC published the
4th edition of my novel, The Gray Stopgap.
The novel has faced some difficult editorial issues and
resolving those has taken us into a third revised print.
That is now the most recent publication of the novel.
Copies of the 3rd revised print have replaced previously
stocked versionsor so I was informed. But I also
know of at least one person who ordered through amazon
and didnt get the the third revised print. My
advice is order at or through your local bookstore for
But just to CYA myself: when you pick-up or order the
novel, be it in a bookstore or online, only take delivery
of a book in which the copyright page reflects
March 2016 followed by, 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 20 19 18 17 16. (The e-book at Amazon.com
has also been updated.)
If you dont get what you want, send it back!
And just to be clear, the initial March release of the 4th
edition was not only a revision of the 3rd
edition, but also a reconstruction. Yes, it is the same
story with the same content. But it is also improved. For
more about this see the books expanded Note
From The Author or read The Lighthouse Press NEWS RELEASE.
To find out which Lighthouse Press volume you own review
the novels EDITION
I am just short of giddy about a review of the novel done
by an author who is an icon in literature. But before I
get to that, heres a heads up for those of you
wanting an e-book version of the novel. It is available
only as a Kindle version from Amazon.com. Do not be
fooled by Internet offers of a free PDF: The novel is not
available in any other e-book format. That includes not
being available as a PDF. To learn more about this read
the publishers SECURTIY ADVISORY.
Now, about that iconic author...
The author, Piers Anthony, has posted his own review of
the The Gray Stopgap.
Yes, by God, Piers Anthony! He picked-up a copy of the
first e-book conversion. He is overwhelming praiseworthy
in spite of proofing issues that he mentions (the
correction of which is what had all ready prompted the
3rd revised printing).
I mean really, Piers Anthony! Wow... Just Wow.
Mr. Anthonys review got me to thinking. Here is a
man who is an icon in science fiction: a very busy man.
He is a man with whom I have corresponded only a few
timesand all through the intermediary of his
assistant. And yet he volunteered that he was purchasing
the e-book. And then, after that, I was notified that he
read the novel and wrote a review!
He was under no obligation or pressure to do these
things. Professional courtesy? I doubt it. For one thing,
I would not presume to be in the same league as Mr.
Anthony. But, kindness and integrity? Definitely. If you
read through some of his online musings youll see
that he is very kind to struggling writers.
The point is that I know a number of people who failed on
promises to do the very thing that Mr. Anthony has
actually done. That makes Mr. Anthony not only iconic,
but pleasantly surprising.
Im not sure what that says about people in general,
but it certainly says a lot about Piers Anthony.
Anyway, to read his review look for the second paragrah
in his newsletter on the web site of PIERS ANTHONY.
More news coming very soon...
March 23, 2016Its All Yours Now
March 1st has come and gone, and with it the
hardcover release of my novel, The Gray Stopgap.
Due to my own bumbling it was what the publisher calls a,
limited release, which was basically an
under-proofed advanced reading copy. That was
immediately followed by a corrected, subsequent
finalized release available nowor it will be
available any day now.
Yesterday saw the release of the novel as an E-book
through Amazon.coms kindle platform. The Kindle
version offers a preview by way of a, look
inside, via the Amazon web site. Personally, I
dont have a lot of affection for e-books: Their
formatting is so restrictive that a preview isnt
what I would call the best presentation of a novel.
For example, since e-books flow to fit the
screen of the reading device, the novels have no set
right margin. So, it is fine ifin the middle of
your narrativeyou have centered text. But it is not
fine if you have justified lines of text in the middle of
your narrative. To preserve that formatting, you must
convert that particular portion of text into an image
file. And the image file has to be pretty blunt force
simple because image quality for the Kindle isnt
exactly superior. E-reader devices also automatically
indent text and if you want the first paragraph of every
chapter opening to not indent, you must assign
those paragraphs, every single one of them, an
indentation of 0.01that being indistinguishable
from having no indention at all. (Side note: I know I
often use unusual words, but did you know that a word I
use all the time, that being indention, is an
archaic term for the word, indentation? Yeah,
I just looked it up. Weird.)
Those are a few samples of the many problems facing
e-book manuscripts. Regardless of whether you do it or
someone does it for you, its a pain that requires
constant quality checks. And if youre a
At any rate, I am done. I do love The Gray Stopgap.
It has occupied most of my life and it really is a
multi-layered tapestry. For someone interested in a fun
read, it will fit the bill. But for someone wanting a
little more depth, it will fit that bill, too. I
had a lot to say with the novel and I said it. But I am
happy to finally be at rest from my labor. Now I just
want to sit back and hear from folks who enjoy it in the
way for which I originally intended. (No, Im not
really just sitting back doing nothing.)
Theres other news about the novel, too: Well,
potential greater news about what could be on the
horizon. But cautious optimism bars me from saying more
than what Ive already expressed to a select few
(and you know who are).
Im really pleased with where things are now and I
hope you, the reading public, are pleased as well. The
novel is all yours, now...
February 8, 2016Living In The Lighthouse
Welcome to DLTolleson.com. Whether youre a
returning friend or a new visitor, youve arrived at
brand-spanking new digs: My new address on the web.
Thats right, Ive moved into The Lighthouse.
Well, not literally. Rather, the DLTolleson.com website
has migrated to a sub-domain of my publishers web
site, TheLighthousePress.com. Just look at the web site
address above and youll see what I mean.
Why and how did this happen? The abbreviated story
involves my prior web hosting service losing their ICANN
status and an adversarial relationship with a company
that essentially barred my domain renewal.
But I did, finally, renew the domain. Shortly thereafter,
I hit upon discussing the matter with my publisher. That
discussion culminated with the migration of my web site
to where it is now.
All the pages are here (and all previous links on the web
should still work). And all just in time for the upcoming
March 1st release of The Gray Stopgap in hard
Yepper, it is finally happening. After a number of years
being absent (for reasons detailed by explanatory notes
in the upcoming novel), The Gray Stopgap will
again be available to the public.
With my publisher now establishing a social media
presence (via FACEBOOK) and
taking on my web site as a sub-domain, Im really
looking forward to increased exposure of the novel.
Of course, the only entity smaller than The Lighthouse
Press, is meand thus all these things I just
mentioned depend on you, dont they? No, really!
None of this would be possible without you.
I am a writer/photographer because thats what I
amthats what I do. But without you, neither
my work nor the great things that The Lighthouse Press
does on my behalf, happens. Once a manuscript leaves my
hands, whatever happens is for youthe reader, the
fan, the customer.
In an age of reality TV, where people achieve overnight
success for nothing more than beauty or outlandishness,
it is progressively difficult to intellectually engage
and entertain large numbers of people. You will
rarely-ever see a hyped public media storm swirling
around a novelist. For that reason alone it is an
authors readers who are more important than
entertainment coverage is to vapid people promoting
reality TV and web-based media.
In short, you are my marketing. You are the promotion of
So, if youve bought a copy of my novel in the past,
thank you. If you are looking forward to buying
the novel re-release, thank you. If you enjoy
this web site, thank you. And if you are pleased
enough to spread the word regarding my work (this web
site or the upcoming novel re-release), thank you very
At any rate, enjoy the web site and check back later for
more news that is coming soon.