Self-Publishing Author in Honolulu Star Bulletin

Outskirts Press author, Larry Solomon, was recently featured in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Read the full article here: Finding laughs in layoff

Outskirts Press author and humor writer Larry Solomon takes a timely look at unemployment in his new book, Wrongsized — Become Chronically Unemployed in 26 Easy Steps. It’s a story about an unemployed executive struggling to find a job in today’s market, and, not surprisingly, it’s a laugh-out-loud read. Larry Solomon not only has plenty of corporate experience, he also has written material for TV shows such as Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers, and The Dean Martin Show.

Solomon has worked in the computer field for over 30 years, holding management and consulting positions with companies such as Anteon, AST Research, AMFAC, General Electric, the U.S. Navy, the City of Torrance, California, and Verifone. While computer programming is his forte, comedy is his true love, and he has written material for hundreds of radio commercials, and for various radio programs, including those of Jay Lawrence, Gary Owens, Jack Gale, and Dave Garroway. He even had his own popular radio show, “The Larry Clark Show.” (He dropped his last name due to the townsfolk’s penchant for white sheets with cut-out eye holes.)

Wrongsized is the story of Lance D. Boyle. As the CIO of a branch of a major corporation, and a computer programmer, Boyle has redesigned many of his company’s systems, resulting in his branch showing a profit for the first time in years. But when corporate sends in an efficiency expert with a Harvard MBA and a fistful of pink slips, Boyle finds himself suddenly out of work. His retirement fund is nonexistent, and he leaves with next to nothing to show for his hard work and loyalty. After an appropriate period of grieving, Boyle decides to take on temp work, admirably approaching each new task with a can-do attitude, but somehow he manages to royally and humorously screw things up at every turn.

Despite its humorous nature, Wrongsized also offers real-world tips for job hunting. Larry Solomon has decades of experience to draw from, and has also been on the receiving end of a pink slip a time or two. “When I was unemployed I really needed a laugh,” he says, and this was the motivation behind Wrongsized. “And after you have finished reading it, you can spend some more time following the tips I have cleverly included to broaden your job search scope. Or, you can color the drawings. Your call.”

About the Author: Larry Solomon and his wife, Theresa Vita, live in Kakaako, a neighborhood just outside of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently designing computer applications for the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

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