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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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quote 2017-02-13 23:22
“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.”

~ C. S. Lewis

Source: veganzeus.tumblr.com/post/157187055116/this-quote-right-now-when-the-whole-world
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review 2015-09-27 00:00
Wrong Direction
Wrong Direction - Kelly Jensen Thanks to the author for the effort and participating in this event and offering this freebie.

This was sweet but I didn't like it that much and I especially didn't like Alvaro he was getting on my nerves a lot, I also didn't find it funny, I guess it was just not for me.
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review 2015-07-21 00:00
Wrong Direction
Wrong Direction - Kelly Jensen 2,5 stars

Hmmm I couldn’t really connect with the characters….

About two college boys that are each other’s opposites. They have very little in common but they keep “meeting” in their shared bathroom!!

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About mango’s, awkwardness and bubbles…

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My thought’s bounced and swirled. “I missed you.” Had I said that out loud? “And I think I might love you,” Well, flapdoodle. A skinful of painkillers and I was confessing my soul.

“You know, when you smile like that I think I might more than like you, Alvaro.”

This story is a free story from Goodreads M/M Romance Group (MM Romance Group - Love is an Open Road Stories 2015)
http://www.mmromancegroup.com/wrong-direction-by-kelly-jensen/

Picture and prompt;
PHOTO DESCRIPTION:
Two young men are engaged in a sweet and tender kiss. One is naked, the other wears only a towel. They seem to be in a bathroom, and are silhouetted by light from a window.

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STORY LETTER:

Dear Author,

I had such a good feeling about this year. It’s my last; I’m on track to graduate near the top of my class, I’m working towards a degree in a field I love, and I even managed to score one of the coveted singles in the nicest upperclassmen dorm. There’s only one problem. Him. The guy whose single is attached to the other side of the connecting bathroom. The mess I could maybe ignore, it’s the singing I can’t take. Every night while he takes a bubble bath― yes, a bubble bath! It’s only a few weeks into the year and I don’t think I can take it anymore. Actually, I know I can’t. I’m gonna go over there and say something before I lose my mind!

So, how’d we get from there to the picture above? And what happens after that?
Make me laugh, everything else is up to you.

Yours,
Dys

STORY INFO:
Genre: contemporary
Tags: college, humorous, coming of age, sweet, hurt/comfort
Word Count: 23,383
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review 2015-06-30 04:08
Wrong Direction (Kelly Jensen)
Wrong Direction - Kelly Jensen

There was a LOT of tenderness in this story, between two opposites who couldn't seem to stay away from injuring themselves at the bathroom (*lol*). It did warm my heart because the way that they took care of one another was very sweet. Unfortunately, the writing itself didn't really click with me. I had trouble to connect with Alvaro as the main narrator.

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