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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.




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. 


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review 2015-07-18 19:43
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord

I literally finished this by reading from 10:30 - 11:30 last night, woke up at 7 in the morning and finished off the rest of this in forty minutes. Yep, I’m proud.

I want to reach back into my history with a grade-school pink eraser, scrubbing away my decisions like mistakes on a math test. Too bad I drew my mistakes in ink.

Open Road Summer sounded like a fluffy read to me, and I was really happy when I found out that it was more than that. This story is really character driven! This story had a lot of things that a lot of YA contemporary doesn’t really have.


But, I am going to say that with Reagan, I liked her, but at times she just perceived things the way she wanted to and completely refused to listen to anyone or anything afterwards. At times I thought that she was plain rude and insensitive.

Dee lets out an impressive wolf whistle, which sets off the whole crowd even louder. I wish all the skanks would just sit down so I could see.

I understand that she is a girl who’s broken, but seriously? At some points, all I was reading was this: “I’m too good for all these skanks—sorry girls. Oh, wait, the only girl that matters is my best friend Dee.” Well, she didn’t really say it like that, she said it in a more different way . . .

They woo-hoo and clap like banshees on nitrous oxide. The people who scream for Dee are teenage girls and younger. But with Matt, the girls howl like a bunch of starving street cats about to get table scraps. It’s unseemly.

Get over yourself, Reagan.


But at the same time, if you look past Reagan (thankfully, the story moves from beyond her) you see so many things on Dee and Reagan’s friendship. It’s the best thing in this book. Not the relationship (although I wouldn’t mind Matt Finch being real) the friendship!

. . . being truly happy is an impossible puzzle, one I’m not meant to figure out. If  you have a best friend you can laugh with and a few good songs, you’re more than halfway there.

Dee’s life is shown so realistically, and I thought that Emery Lord actually had some real life experiences with the entertainment world, but it’s just that this author has really put effort in this book. I really like the dedication that they showed she had in this book, and I can’t wait to read more by her! :D


Overall, Open Road Summer is a great summer read that makes you really feel and remember a lot of your close friends and has some great character development! I would recommend this to people who want to read something more character driven. If you are a person who can’t stand main characters that can get rude and annoying, then I guess you should give this a pass.


Thanks for reading my review everyone, and I hope you have a great day! :D

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