Tin Lizard Tales: Reflections from a Train by Schuyler T. Wallace

“Outskirts Press, you have let the cat out of the bag. You have revealed the plot. You have blabbed the end of the movie. There’s nothing mysterious about getting a book published and you have given away the secret.

At writing conferences and workshops I’ve attended, the main topic of discussion isn’t about how to write better. Everything revolves around how to get books published. When agents lectured, I always heard how difficult it was to even get them to read your book, much less represent you. Editors always made it clear that the odds were stacked against an unknown writer but ‘you should not get discouraged – keep writing.’ Publishers passed out impressive numbers on books sold and author perks they provided, but the list of authors receiving these benefits contained well-known names that sell a lot of books. Mystifying and perplexing stuff.

So, all the time I was writing, I spent a lot of time wondering what I was going to do with the final product. I talked to a lot to author friends, many who used POD publishers, none of whom were totally satisfied with the service they’d received. I think a miracle led me to Outskirts Press where I finally cast my lot and what a wonderful decision it turned out to be. The mystery was solved.

My author rep was a wonderful guide who patiently led me through the maze. The cover designer designed a custom cover that I think captured the spirit of my book beautifully. The book designer took the cover design and ran with it when developing the interior format. As a result, Tin Lizard Tales: Reflections from a Train is a magnificent book, if I do say so myself.

Thanks, Outskirts Press.  All I have to do now is follow the tips provided through the Marketing COACH to reap the profits. Hopefully, there will be some.”

– Schuyler T. Wallace


A train trip provides the opportunity to blow off steam.

The author, while on a train trip through the United States and Canada, describes and comments on the people and places he sees. His reflections–sometimes critical, sometimes comical–are eye opening and wide in scope. The reader will enjoy Wallace’s swats at thoughtless people, cringe at his depictions of animal cruelty, and laugh out loud at the personal predicaments he and his wife confront. Environmental stupidity, life in big cities, foolishness disguised as zealotry, terrorism, and political hacks are just a few of the topics he kicks around using the insight and common sense one might expect from an opinionated old man who’s been around. Surprisingly, he also conveys warmth and unblushing tenderness–a threat to his crusty reputation.

Born and raised in California, Schuyler T. Wallace is a retired fire chief who wants to be a journalist when he gets older. He’s in his seventies, although declining to say at which end, and a heavy reader and coffee drinker. He thinks he knows a lot about everything and in his first book, TIN LIZARD TALES: REFLECTIONS FROM A TRAIN, he attempts to convince all the doubters.