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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.

  1. I presented as well or better than any of the other five authors.
  1. 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.

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs

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VPL - MC - New Voices - Poster - March - 2017

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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This is my canned interview (you ask the questions and you answer them) on Smashwords, one of the self-publishing sites where my books are available https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin

Anyway, I finally updated it and thought you might want to take a look at it. It begins with this question:

What motivated you to become an indie author?

I became an indie author because I couldn’t get traditional publishers to publish my work.

That’s probably the reason most writers became indie authors.

I published my first novel, Saving Spirit Bear in 2010 with an E-publisher after my attempts with traditional publishing houses had failed. At that time E-Book publishers were on the rise, hungry for content and they were eager for at least two more books form me. Over the next two years they published Loving the Terrorist and Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients to complete my ECO-WARRIOR series.

Environmental fiction (Eco-fi) proved not to be a big seller with them, their catalogue being geared more to erotica, werewolves, vampires, and erotic werewolves and vampires. My stories were contemporary romances with a subplots that addressed an important environmental issue.

Since sales were not exactly stellar with my E-publisher and my contract with them was restrictive as to how I could promote these books I decided to investigate self-publishing for my next novel, The Big Picture – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic if my attempts at acquiring a traditional publisher failed.

They did, and so I became an indie author.

Since then I have self-published three more novels: Forest – Love, Loss, Legend, Abandoned Dreams and The Local Rag and two plays: Harry’s Truth and End of the Rope. When my contract ended with my E-publisher I yanked my first three novels and re-released them as self-published works. Have they done better? No, but they haven’t done worse and it’s been more fun.

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT BEING AN INDIE AUTHOR? Glad you asked. I can offer promotions, sales, giveaways – I have total control over marketing my work. No sales, but still total control. And I like the creative aspect of publishing – the page design, the cover design, choosing fonts, all that stuff.

WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT BEING AN INDIE AUTHOR? There are now too many of us and unfortunately most of us don’t write well, and that’s putting it mildly. So for you, the reader, it’s almost impossible to tell if an indie author is worth reading or just a waste of $3.99 (the price of my e-books). I know this because I make a point of reviewing the work of indie authors (see my YouTube channel Not Your Friend, Not Your Family Book Reviews)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQ

This is frustrating not only for you but for me and it’s only going to get worse. With no gatekeepers and so many sites making it easy for anyone to publish anything, self-published, indie authors have lost all credibility.

To be an indie author now is to be a joke.

This state of affairs has made me rethink my role as an author – indie or otherwise.

I love to write, I love the research that goes into developing my characters, plots and settings, but I also want to connect to readers. The likelihood of this happening, of making this connection with readers in any significant way for an indie author is virtually nil.

After seven years, and seven novels and two plays I’m going back to the old fashion way. I submitted my last manuscript, East Van Saturday Night – Four short stories and a Novella to a traditional publisher and am now waiting for a response. If I get rejected, and I likely will, I’ll send it to another one, and another one and so on.

I don’t need to self publish to enjoy the writing and the research and this method of getting my work out there is not fulfilling my other need – connecting to you, the reader, in a meaningful way.

So it’s back to the future for this author.

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

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March 5 to 11

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Other discounts from my bibliography at

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