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text 2017-03-28 08:32
Talking to a handful of people in the basement of the library

So today I participated in my first author reading.

 

In this group of authors there were six readers including myself. There were two professionals who had traditionally published non-fiction books, three self-published authors including myself, and a young man who performed a slam poem and had a chap book of his work for sale.

 

There was maybe twenty people in the audience mostly (entirely?) made of friends of the authors. I didn't invite any of my friends and none came.

 

I read second. Ten minutes for reading, five for questions.

 

I learned two things.

 

 

- I presented as well or better than any of the other five authors.

 

- You can get your book published by a well respected, traditional publisher and have it short listed for literary awards and you're still talking to a handful of people in the basement of a library.

 

Considering this was my first experience giving a public reading and then sitting behind a table talking to people about my books, I'd say it was pretty much what I expected, and I actually sold some books.

 

If this is the road to becoming a successful author it appears to be a very long and extremely boring journey. It's hard to believe that any time soon I'll be sitting in a fancy ballroom, among the literary and publishing elite about to accept the $50,000 Giller Prize on national television.

 

Never have so many (authors) given so much (hours of toil on their books) for so little (the applause and passing interest of two dozen people).

 

And yet we continue to storm the beaches.

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-03-16 04:40
New Voices - the beginning of a new direction

Further to the new direction in my writing career.

 

Okay, so you’re saying my writing career had no direction before so how can I have a new one?

 

Well, maybe having no direction is a direction.

 

Too Zen for you?

 

How about: If you write a book and nobody reads it have you really written a book? That one’s been driving me crazy since, well, since I wrote a book and nobody read it.

 

Before you? me? we? all of us? get too hung up (do people still say that?) on these esoteric ruminations let me continue.

 

All of my book marketing has been so far done online. I blog, I Tweet, I post on my Facebook page, I send out promotional newsletters to my Advance Reading Team, I review books, I’ve even gone so far as to join and contribute to online reading/writing groups.

 

And it’s got me_______. (You fill in the blank)

 

This direction(?) has been macro – my books are available through Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Library Direct, OverDrive and a few more in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan and India. They’re available digitally as epub, mobi, pdf, online reader and more, suitable to most reading devices including your cellphone as well as in paperback in the UK, USA and Canada.

 

My new direction will be micro – I’ll sell actual books to real people face to face.

 

My first experience with this will be on March 27, 2017 at the Vancouver Public Library where I’ll be reading my work along with five other writers in their “New Voices” series. (How after seven years, seven novels and two plays I can be considered a “new voice” says something – what I’m not sure.)

 

The event is from 7 to 8:30 pm and our host will even provide a table for us to display and sell our books. I don’t know about the rest of the participants, but I’m taking advantage of the table and might even break off from my reading prematurely if I see someone in the audience interested in the merchandise.

 

Having been a salesman all my life I’m not the least bit intimidated.

 

So, I’ve crunched the numbers taking into consideration the price of my books, the exchange rate, shipping and tax and if I sell a book for $15 it’s $4 less than it can be purchased from Amazon and I can still make some money.

 

Enough, I hope, to at least cover the outrageous cost of parking downtown.

 

This is marginally better than selling my books at a flea market or garage sale, but if the world doesn’t want to buy them maybe the neighbourhood does.

 

I’m not afraid of taking chances, going in a new direction, and maybe, likely, failing. I never know where things will lead what’s important to me is to keep moving forward.

 

Well, at least to keep moving.

 

One thing’s for certain, if I do nothing, that’s what will happen.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

 

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Find reviews, blurbs and buy links to my seven novels and two plays at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

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text 2016-05-02 17:02
Author Events this week -- in Olympia, Washington

I'm excited to announce two upcoming author events, featuring THE EAGLE TREE. Both events are happening this week in Olympia Washington -- where THE EAGLE TREE is set!

 

The first event is the second monthly Creative Colloquy on MONDAY, May 2 at Traditions in Olympia. Ned Hayes is the featured author, and here's the public Facebook event >>

 

And second is THE EAGLE TREE Book Release Party at the Olympia Timberland Library on MAY 5 (THURSDAY)!

 

Here's the public Facebook event >>

 

DETAILS on these two events follow: 

 

MAY 2 (MONDAY): Creative Colloquy is a monthly Olympia based reading event every first Monday of the month. Essayists, novelist, short story scribes and poets are all welcome! In May, the featured line up includes: 

 

Ned Hayes (Sinful Folk, The Eagle Tree)
Andras Jones (Accidental Initiations In the Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia)
Sarah Tavis
Jonah Barrett
and Billie Mazzei

MAY 5 (THURSDAY): Pacific Northwest author Ned Hayes will join us on his first book tour stop for the new novel "The Eagle Tree," the story of an Olympia boy obsessed by climate change, fighting to save an old growth tree. Book includes stories about the LBA Woods, Procession of the Species, ORLA School, United Churches and other Olympia institutions!

I look forward to seeing you in Olympia next week.

 

Here's where to get THE EAGLE TREE

 

    

 

 

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video 2015-10-06 17:40

A Reading from THE EAGLE TREE, by Ned Hayes.

 

My new novel THE EAGLE TREE has just been accepted for the Kindle Scout "preview for publishers" website -- you can VOTE for this novel to receive a publishing contract. 

 
 
(if you're curious, here's how Kindle Scout works)

 

READING LIVE at the Rainier Writing Workshop, August 2015. 

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video 2015-09-04 13:10

Author Reading by Ned Hayes of his new novel THE EAGLE TREE at the Rainier Writing Workshop in August 2015. 

 

(publication date not yet available)

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