Quick Word on The Halley Branch

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It’s been a slow beginning….

It’s actually been slower than it was for The Fireborn which was slower than Seasons of Imagination.

I have received a little positive feedback from one reader on a Facebook post “OMG-Can’t put this book down great to read during our thunder storms!

I also went to the library in my town and talked to the head librarian.  I gave her copies of all three books.  They should be put on display in the near future, starting with the “New Arrival” shelf before going to the “Local Authors” shelf.  So more people should see it.  She also discussed a book talk, which I will most likely do at some point.

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Anyway, it is slowly trickling out.  I hope it eventually goes rushing out ;)

I know, most likely the worst promotion post of all time!!  But if you are interested, you can order here::

Paperback
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Kindle
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Or go to your local Amazon and search “The Halley Branch”.

I have also made it open to be distributed, so if you are not an Amazon fan, search in your favorite on-line bookstore!  (May not be available outside of amazon for a couple weeks)

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An evil 300 years in the making.  A trap set 150 years in the past.

The day should have been a normal “family day” at the Hawkins’ Mausoleum, but a premonition followed Trevor into the crypt. To make matters worse, he couldn’t shake his morning vision of a dead woman draped in a funeral-shroud.

After rescuing a girl trapped in the tomb, repressed memories forced him to reevaluate everything. Was his extended family a cult with roots going back to America’s colonial past?  Was the evil Benjamin Halley still stalking his tomb after 150 years? Was there any truth to the Power described by the family’s patriarch, Miles Hawkins?

Trevor realized that he was being manipulated and drawn into a trap set in the 19th century, and feared that everyone around him had already been ensnared.  Who could he trust?  The members of his own family’s Branch, The Bradford’s, like his cousins Bill or Stan?  Perhaps members of the Hawkins Branch, such as the beautiful but jaded Amelie?  The one Branch he knew not to trust was the extinct Halley Branch.

But the Halley’s were the ones who were welcoming him with open, if dead, arms.

 

12 thoughts on “Quick Word on The Halley Branch

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If you used KDP (which I don’t think existed back then), the checkbox is there…

      Thanks! There were a couple of you that did the pre-pub route so the first couple of days was OK.

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  1. Sandra Conner

    Hang in there. And just as a word of encouragement, I’ll tell you that I have taken several of my books to the local library, beginning about 6 years ago, and there have yet to put one of them on the shelf. Currently, after changing leadership, they tell me they have no one who is qualified to do all the transactions involved in enrolling a new book into the system, so they have to send the books out and pay to have them enrolled. They are connected to a state system, so it has to go into the whole thing — not just the local library. Finally, I went up there and said I’d take back the more recent books I’d left with them and do something else with them if they weren’t going to use them. We couldn’t even find one of them. Finally, one of the librarians, who knew I was pretty miffed and who felt really bad about it, hunted and hunted until she found the copy of that book and got it back to me. So if the library will at least put them out, you’re one up on me. :)

    Also, I haven’t ever made any arrangements to put any of the books I’ve done through Amazon into other online bookstores. I’m interested in that. Would you share about the process you went through to do that? Thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks.

      My Mom put my book into the library in my home town. After she gave it to them ,it took two or three months before it was spotted “in the wild”. on a “new books” shelf. i don’t know if the one spotted was put into the system, which is for the Cleveland area. I’ll have to see if someone can check it. My local library has a “Local Authors” shelf, so my guess is that they just stick into the shelf without putting it in the state wide system (which we have in NH).

      About a month ago KDP added the ability to have the books distributed to other book stores. If you use KDP, you can edit the paperback version and there is now a checkbox for it. i forget where, but once i saw it on the new one, I went back and did it for all of them. One problem is that I had to raise the prices of my current books by about $2 for them to be able to go in. Oh well, that gives me a bigger profit…

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It’s a very new feature of KDP, so I’m not surprised you didn’t see it. I stumbled on it when putting up The Halley Branch, but then saw an article on it later.

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          1. Sandra Conner

            I’m still thinking, but I’m inclined not to do anything about it yet. The royalties are so much lower that prices would have to be increased (as you mentioned), and since my books are selling at an “okay” rate online, and not flying off the shelves, I don’t think I want to ask more for them right now. If they were selling just in bookstores, I’d consider it more, but since we’re talking mainly online, and tax and shipping still to add, I’m not sure I trust them to sell as well if they’re more expensive. Plus the material I read on there said Amazon may not be the one to do the actual printing and binding of those books that go out to other places, and the books may not look quite the same. Not sure I trust someone else to make the decisions on my books right now. But I really appreciate your making me aware of the change in the program, because at least now I know I have more choices.

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I’ve met a few people who don’t like buying at Amazon, and I know it isn’t as big of a choice in some countries, so that is the main reason I wen this way. But I really didn’t like raising the price of my books to to it. On the other hand, traditionally published books at about the same length are even more expensive, so… But then there is the quality control issue you mentioned. Oh well, it is a hard choice, but I do want to do it for now. If I don’t get any sales from other sources after a few months, I may drop it and go back straight Amazon.

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              1. Sandra Conner

                One thing about it — at least the self-publishing platforms give authors real choices and real control over our books. The traditional mainstream publishers almost never do. The old way of publishing, which decades ago was fairly author-friendly, has become very author UNfriendly now. Publishers want to control everything from the cover and title to the exact number of words, the exact number of love scenes within a specified number of pages, how quickly the main character meet, etc. In short, they seem to want to turn out clone books over and over. And unless you’re already a best-selling author, they don’t want to put any real money behind marketing your books even when they do publish them. It’s a much better world for authors now, and loads of self-published authors are giving the big houses a real run for their money. It’s a happy revolution as far as I’m concerned. :)

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  There still has to be some type of filter and some way for authors and readers to connect. That is the tricky part.

                  The music industry went through the same thing starting the the 80s when all of the small record companies were being bought up. It was reversed for a short time in the 90s when the Grunge people popped up out of no-where (surprise! people want more than just the same pre-packaged song over and over) and for 5 years they all were out looking for the next Nirvana. But then it got even worse when pretty much Sony owned everything. After that, the whole thing pretty much collapsed. I’ve read articles about bands that have topped the charts for years and yet have to work day jobs to support themselves because nobody buys music. I hope it doesn’t get to that extreme in the publishing world…

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