Archive | May 2014

Another Ego Trip!!

Baz is on the radio again tonight, shamelessly promoting my new book, ‘A Higher Authority’. Not just one station this time but three!! Tune in to The Graham Torrington Show on BBC WM 95.6, BBC Hereford & Worcester & BBC Coventry & Warwickshire at 11pm. If you’re out of area you can listen online at:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_wm

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Feedback on my new book ‘ A Higher Authority’

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Well I’m absolutely stunned. I’ve had so many kind comments posted about ‘A Higher Authority’ I felt I had to share them. Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to read the book and then comment:-

Barrie Hyde’s newly released “A Higher Authority” is fast moving, entertaining and a bit of a thriller in places. You get to know and love the characters and just hope that one day you will indeed find out their true identity. If you are off on holiday shortly, I would recommend that you pop this into your luggage or onto your Kindle. You won’t be disappointed

A great read that moves along at a superb pace. Funny, real, down to earth with some great twists and turns. A superb holiday read

Just finished your book! Well Done! Fast-paced and thoroughly credible (as far as I’m concerned) It is now on my Kindle and I’m telling my friends!

…It is really very good. Nice read. Very well written. A few twists and turns and a great ending. Can’t wait for the sequel.

I could not put it down, it was a bloody good read, and I don’t normally read fiction

Great read Barrie well done

‘A Higher Authority’ certainly got me turning pages. When is the sequel arriving?

I enjoyed the book. Lots of luck with it

The book really engaged me

Sex, intrique and danger, what better constituents to pull the reader in.

Your book has the “read-on” factor

Great book for holiday reading keeps you interested right till the end. Well done Barrie for your first novel enjoyed it very much.

Just had to let you know how much I’m enjoying it! Can hardly put it down for trying to find out what happens next! Congratulations-I hope there’s another in the pipeline!

A relaxed beginning which set the scene well and once it got going the pace was amazing.

I ‘couldn’t put it down’ as I wanted to know what was going to happen.

I enjoyed it and I couldn’t put it down!

Good writing!

Your characters are likeable real people who are not afraid to express fear.

I love your writing style.

I was surprised by the ending

A good read

I liked the direct style

You can certainly tell a good tale.

Your dialogue is very strong.

It was apparent that you had the story in your teeth and there was no stopping you.

Confident and very readable.

A good crime set-up

I liked the modern details in the crime fighting, the accountancy, computers, and such

You were living the story and you make the reader live it too.

The Book Signing

I think it must be every author’s dream. You write a book (difficult), you find a publisher (tricky), you start marketing it (impossible) and then the book comes out. Your local book shop agrees for you to do a book signing (hurrah!!)

So I arrived at Waterstones in Bedford last Saturday with a box full of books. My books!! It all felt so surreal. There was my poster in the window – me, at Waterstones from 10am to 4pm!!  I pinched myself, remembering standing outside the same shop just a few months before, wondering whether I would ever make it into that shop window. Well here I was, I’d done it and believe me I felt quite emotional as I walked in and spoke to Kay, the manager. She’d organised a table to display my wares. I took half a dozen books from the box and laid them out, together with a copy of the poster and the book cover I’d put in picture frames. I was ready!

I stood by the table and a couple of people walked straight past me. They ignored me and this carried on for several minutes. I spoke to one of the shop assistants, ‘They probably think your just waiting for your wife – talk to people’ she said. I pondered this, my publisher had said, ‘ Don’t push your book on the people at the store. Let them come to you.’ To hell I thought, I’ve been in sales all my life, surely to God I can sell a few sodding books. I thought back to my previous incarnation. When I worked at motor shows we always wore badges. I ferreted in my pockets and found a business card. It didn’t matter what it said but it showed the customer that I was a something in the shop. I borrowed a pin and stuck it on my jacket. People then walked past me and looked at the badge, this was my way in.

‘Good Morning,’ I said, ‘My name is Barrie Hyde, I’m a local author and my book was published last Thursday. Waterstones have very kindly agreed to let me promote it today.’

‘Oh’ said the first bloke I spoke to and he walked on.

‘Were you on the radio a few days ago?’ asked a lady. My heart went pitter pet, I was in! We spoke about the book and the radio , then she looked me in the eye, ‘I’ll buy a copy’ she said. I wanted to burst into tears, ‘My first official sale’ my mind screamed , ‘I’ve got a real punter!!!!’

Coolly I said, ‘Would you like me to sign it?’

‘Oh yes please’  

My hands were shaking as I took out my pen. I signed and she went to pay. It reminded me of the old advert, ‘The Del Monte Man, he said yes!!!! The lady said yes and she’d bought my book!!!!!

Various friend came in and bought copies, other customers came in and bought copies, I was on a role, in my comfort zone selling a product. I always knew that 30 odd years in motor finance wasn’t a complete waste of time. I was finally able to put my experience to good use! Come ten to four I’d sold my last book. My brother and his wife walked in, they’d driven over a hundred miles to support me, my wife appeared, she took pictures, the day was over, a complete success. I hadn’t even stopped for a glass of water.

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‘Come on’ I said to the family, ‘I’m in profit,’ lets go to the pub to celebrate. We sat in a pub garden and had a couple of beers. What a day and what a feeling! Finally I had a result from two years of hard labour. I was now a published author who had actually  sold his books. The question is, ‘What the hell do I do next?’

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Launch Day

Well its launch day of my new book ‘A Higher Authority’. I haven’t got time to write about it now as I’m off to London for yet another radio interview. I’m having one of the best days of my life. Thanks to everyone for your support

Hopefully the enclosed will give you an insight into the day – enjoy

One Day To Go

I’m like a child waiting for Christmas! The excitement levels are reaching a crescendo and I can hardly believe I’m at this point! I’m 60 and my first book is published tomorrow, As if you didn’t know it’s called ‘A Higher Authority’.

The marketing campaign is well under way. With the help of my daughter Rachel I’ve produced posters for the book signing at Waterstones in Bedford on Saturday. (That’s 17th May, 10 – 4pm. Do join us.)  I took them down yesterday and walked past the shop 10 minutes later. One of the posters was already up in the window and the biggest ego trip of all, SOMEONE WAS LOOKING AT IT!! I wanted to go over and kiss the lady but decided discretion was the better part of valour!

I’ve had my haircut ready for two radio interviews (Well they do have webcams!) and look a very smart chap(ish). I’m on BBC Three Counties Radio tomorrow at 12.30pm and BBC London 94.9 between 11pm and 12pm. Do listen in. If you’re out of area you can tune in on the BBC iplayer.

On top of that the publisher is organising a ‘virtual’ launch party on facebook tomorrow. I haven’t really got a clue what we’ll be doing but it all sounds like jolly good fun. About 500 people have been invited so let’s hope they all buy books.

I’m just about to hit the button to all my email contacts, there’s about 250 of them to tell them the good news. I think most of them know, but best to make sure! I’d hate anyone missing out on purchasing this fine piece of prose.

I’ve come a long way since the dark days when I was put on the scrap heap by my employer. Fortunately I’ve re invented myself and I don’t have to answer to anyone, apart from the reader.

I’ve got a busy few days ahead of me, thanks for your support and just to confirm,  I’m delighted to inform you that my new novel ‘A Higher Authority’ will be published tomorrow, 15th May by Safkhet Publishing. Available from all good book shops both as an ebook at £1.84 and a paperback at £7.99. A splendid read is guaranteed for all!

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‘A Higher Authority’

will take control in 3 days. To those who don’t play it straight, we are watching you – Take that!

6 Days to go

Even the motor trade are talking about me

Even the motor trade are talking about me – AM is the trade magazine

Well, I hit the big SIX O on Sunday but you know what I’m just going to ignore it. Why? Well quite frankly I’m like a kid with a new toy feeling about twenty one. My book comes out next Thursday and I feel re born!! Age is irrelevent, it’s what you do with your life that’s important! So the publicity machine is starting to ramp up, I’m on BBC London 94.9 and BBC Three Counties Radio on Thursday shamelssly plugging the launch. I’m doing a book signing at Waterstones in Bedford on Saturday 17th May 10am to 4pm. Do come and say hello if you’re in the area. I remember about a year ago standing outside Waterstones thinking, ‘Will my book ever make it into their display?’ Here we are, the dream has become a reality. I keep pinching myself expecting to wake up at any time. To top it all, the first batch of books has arrived, ready to hit the market next Thursday. I’m going to do a JK Rowling and not release them until midnight!! Having said that, cash talks so you could always make me an offer!! You may be hearing a bit more from me over the coming days, and I can’t apologise. All I can say, with the greatest of pleasure is:- ‘A Higher Authority’ will be available from all good book shops in paperback and ebook format as from Thursday 15th May. If you want a signed first edition the cost is £7.99 + £1.65 postage. email barriehyde@hotmail.com to organise payment.

All this publicity!!

Times & Citizen

Let’s hope I can sell a few books on the back of it!