Looking for Something to Read ;)

It’s a been a while since I’ve done a post about my short story collection Season of Imagination.  I know, I know, people really don’t go for books of short story written by unknown authors.  But, sometimes it’s nice to read fiction and know you don’t have to commit days to it.  Here is a bit about it, for those who don’t know:

Trent P. McDonald’s Seasons of Imagination contains an eclectic mix of stories covering many places, times and even different genre, yet they all hold one thing in common, they are all about people.

Be they silly, serious or speculative, all of the stories are about us.  What makes us tick?  Why do we say the things we do?  Why do we react as we do?

So whether it seems the stories are exploring outer or inner space, in reality they’re always exploring the human space.

Here is an invitation to open the page and come with me to explore the

Seasons of Imagination

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My book of short stories, Seasons of Imagination, is now out!  You can pick it up on Amazon.  Here are a few links:

Paperback US
Kindle US

Paperback UK
Kindle UK

It is available on other Amazon sites too!  You can ask me for the links or search your country’s amazon site.

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A stroll through my mind
In hot dry hope
Or cool damp fear
Different ages and
Various thoughts
Throughout the year
I don’t have a favorite
I love them all
Winter, spring, summer and fall
I live my life
For these
Seasons of Imagination

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And here are clips from a few reviews:

“The collection is made up of relatively short fictions, so short that they’re perfect for reading while you’re on the bus, train, or tram to work. Seasons of Imagination is a collection for people who are interested in people, if that’s you then you won’t be disappointed by McDonald’s work.”

‘This book of stories isn’t easy to classify because it contains all sorts of stories of different genres. This gives the book a real element of surprise. You never know what’s coming up next. I really liked that! The book ranges from ordinary slices of life to the supernatural, from outer space to romance to time-travel.   …..    Kudos to the author.”

“Interesting looks at personalities and quirks….a wide variety of situations”

 

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20 thoughts on “Looking for Something to Read ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Deana! I do remember you talking about it before. That’s the good thing about short stories – you don’t have to read the book all of the way through in one sitting :)

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  2. Sandra Conner

    Actually, the market is showing a definite trend toward shorter reading material. The novellas and novelettes are coming back into vogue, as well as short stories. Seems that people who are really busy are looking for more and more fiction in the “short category” — especially in digital. Some of the best-selling full-length novel authors are focusing on putting out much shorter pieces as well. Keep marketing. I know it’s a bummer. I hate doing it as well, but it seems that each time I mention something I have to offer out there, someone new looks into it. I try not to be overbearing, of course, but I do try to keep a reminder out there somewhat regularly. I also have an anthology of short stories that I published a couple years ago. But this month a new, enlarged version — with a new title — is coming out. Here’s hoping for good response for you and me both. :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I haven’t heard about that market shift back towards shorter fiction. It does make a lot of sense, though. In our hectic lives we don’t always have time to commit to reading a longer works, particularly if you are like me and like to zone out of the world until you have read every word.

      I’m thinking of more creative ways to mention that this is out there. I’ve come up with a few for my upcoming novel, but haven’t really thought about the short stories yet. Well, I can think of some things I haven’t done yet, and may continue to push it.

      Good luck with the new expanded/enlarged version of your book!

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      1. Sandra Conner

        Yes, I’ve read a number of articles lately in writing journals and reports that indicate the market is definitely shifting that way. And I was on James Patteron’s website a couple months ago and noticed that he’s really pushing a whole group of short novellas now because that’s evidently what the market’s calling for.

        Like you, I keep looking for creative ways to advertise that don’t sound like I’m tooting my own horn too much. I’ve done a couple different things, like create a Facebook page specifically for a couple of my novels. And recently I took advantage of a challenge I often participate in — “Share Your World” — and answered all the questions as the main character from one of my novels. It was very well received and threw a little more attention to my Amazon page.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I’ve felt that the novel will be easier to promote, like doing your “Share Your World” as one of the characters. There are a lot of other things I’ve thought of. I’ll have to think more about the short stories, though. I have some ideas, but…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I actually put it out earlier in the year, I just felt I needed to do a little bit of (shudder) marketing and mention it again.

      It did feel great to get this out. I had worked on it for almost a year, rewriting most of the stories several times and doing all of the formatting and stuff.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Yes, I know, I have to keep pushing ahead. The price we pay to write :D

          I sometimes have a fear that people would thinking I’m pushing too much if I have too many posts on the book, but I know I’m being paranoid. I think you are good example of a way to do it successfully (at least from a blog reader’s POV, not sure about the book-sellers POV ;) )

          You do have some good ways of keeping people interested in your books without straight advertising. I’ve thought of a few for my upcoming novel (like introducing characters and I’m currently working on a little introduction video), but I’ve spent less time thinking about how I can push the short stories.

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          1. D. Wallace Peach

            Thanks for the compliment, because I still feel like I’m figuring it out. I watch what others do and try to take advantage of the creative ideas. Then there’s the inevitable time crunch… and drain on time to write.

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