From Academia to Publishing Success with Ryan Hays

April 4, 2024

Join Melanie Johnson and Jenn Foster co-owners of Elite Online Publishing, as they interview author Ryan Hays, discussing his book “Strategists First.” Ryan shares his journey from a speech writer in higher education to becoming a published author.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Securing Endorsements

  • Finding a Book Publisher

  • Formatting Your Book


“I made a sort of pledge to myself that I’d find a way to release a little bit of that stress and tension. And so I started writing on the weekends and then in the evenings. And what started as honestly, kind of a coping mechanism to get through the uncertainty and the demands of the pandemic kind of snowballed into a critical mass of, of reflections.” (02:43)

“If you think about it, his life involves taking bets on really risky business opportunities that most people don’t even want to touch because it’s so hard to succeed.” (06:36)

“I forced myself to call it a need book, which is, what does the reader need to hear, and how do I do that? How do I do that for them? Smarter, faster, and better.” (12:53)

About Ryan Hays:

Ryan Hays has been doing strategy work for more than two decades at some of the nation’s leading academic institutions, including Dartmouth, Emory and Princeton. During this time, he has provided strategic counsel to multiple university presidents and governing boards and coauthored several strategic plans. He currently serves as executive vice president and chief innovation and strategy officer at the University of Cincinnati.

Hays received a BA from DePauw University and a PhD in psychoanalytic studies and postmodern theory from Emory University. His dissertation on Sigmund Freud has ranked among the top 25 Most-Accessed Dissertations and Theses on ProQuest, an electronic library of more than 2 million dissertations and theses.

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