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Interview with Wayne Hatford: ‘Electronic books and self-publishing have leveled the playing field’

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Wayne HatfordWayne Hatford, B.A. in French and Spanish, M.A. in International Administration, is a teacher, writer, editor and author dedicated to bridging the gap between the physical and non-physical worlds. To that end, he channeled a friend, Janice Horn ~ “Letters from Janice: Correspondence with the Astral Plane” and, more recently, the spirit essence of Rudolph Valentino ~ “Valentino Speaks: The Wisdom of Rudolph Valentino” and “Going for Excelsior: Thriving in Seniorhood,” all of which are available via Amazon.com. Each of these works explores the “Other Side” while offering insight and practical suggestions on how best to make the most of this one.

A life-long student of metaphysics and transformation, Wayne has both taught in public school and been a personal property appraiser. Wayne Hatford now resides in Santa Rosa, California where he and the Valentino essence continue their collaboration.

His latest book is Going for Excelsior: Thriving in Seniorhood.

Going for ExcelsiorQ: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Wayne.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I am multi-published. Going for Excelsior: Thriving in Seniorhood is my third book.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

With my first book, Letters from Janice, I worked with a small press, Uni-Sun in Kansas City, which specialized in metaphysically-oriented content. As to the second question, we are speaking of a time when self-publishing really wasn’t much an option except for vanity reasons. I submitted my manuscript to several new age small presses, and Uni-Sun responded first, wanting to make a deal.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Approximately one year.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I felt really fortunate, and elated! A group of friends staged a party to celebrate the debut of the book.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I gave free copies to everyone who had shown an interest in the project while I was working on it, asking them to spread the word.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

My confidence has increased, also the ease with which I write. Good writing, I think, has a lot to do with synchronicity, primarily your own. Also, the more we write the more facile with words we are likely to become!

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

That electronic books and self-publishing have leveled the playing field, in terms of an author being able to get his or her work out there. Pretty wonderful! Of course, the content has to be both excellent, and unique.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

That someone, somewhere, may be supported or helped by something I’ve written. If so, I have done my job!

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Follow your intuition in choosing subject matter. You have to love your topic before others can. Edit to the innth degree, then edit again! If you self-publish, have professionals design the cover and format the interior. Do not be daunted or dismayed; you can do it!

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