Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 288, Genre, Marketing Materials

18 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 288, Genre, Marketing Materials

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way.

Today’s Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishers.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We’ve already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.

The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

  1. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, Hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math; will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.

Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Reviewer’s quotes.

I’ve written before about genre–I’ll do it again.  Especially with novels today, genre is more a marketing concept than a distinction of plot or theme.  Many novels today do not fall easily into one genre pile or another.  Many, if not most, are mixed in their appeal–it just becomes difficult to state: historical mystery suspense.  This starts to sound like the focus of the audience and not the work at all.  It would help–or perhaps not, to have a genre: historical mystery suspense.  The reason it might help is it would categorize many works that fall into all those piles–it would hurt because many readers who like historical works, but not necessarily suspense would not have a chance to be exposed to it.

In general, the genre of a work can and should change based on the audience.  Here is a great example.  My Ancient Light novels are historical suspense with a spiritual twist.  They don’t fit well in any normal genre, but they are easily historical suspense.  They are now published as dystopian fiction–which broadly, they could kind of be, but only if the history of the real world is dystopian.  In this way, my publisher is taking advantage of a new genre that has excited the marketplace.  Ancient Light can be said to have a somewhat dystopian feel.  They can broadly be called dystopian.  They kind of fill a unique niche in literature and are hard to place–why not be dystopian?

In your marketing materials, you should try to take advantage of both the marketplace and the interests of the public (you audience).  Your publisher will certainly do that, but realize, a dystopian novel might have some play with a publisher today–more play than historical or suspense.  Likewise, a novel about supernatural creatures might excite  publisher into, at least reading your work.  I’m not sure if the supernatural creature market is dead.  I wrote a book about a vampire–I just was inspired and not by the current crop of vampire novels.

So pick a genre that might excite a publisher and your audience–that’s the way to market your novel.

At this point everything I’m doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 287, Market Focus, Marketing Materials

17 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 287, Market Focus, Marketing Materials

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way.

Today’s Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishers.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We’ve already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.

The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

  1. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, Hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math; will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.

Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Reviewer’s quotes.

Market focus is your idea of who might want to read your novel.  For example, if you wrote a Christian inspirational novel, you might write: will appeal to a Christian audience.  If you wrote a homoerotic novel, you might write: will appeal to readers with a sexually energized gay perspective.  The point isn’t to hide your perspective or your audience.  Publishers usually focus on specific audiences of readers and specific types or genre of literature.  The point is to match the two

In general, you don’t apply to publishers who don’t publish the type of literature you are writing.  Putting on paper the audience and the focus will help you to know your audience, and your perspective publisher to know if your novel meets their most basic publishing audience.  In the example above, you wouldn’t usually present your Christian inspirational novel to an erotic literature publisher, and you wouldn’t present a homoerotic novel to a Christian inspirational publisher.  Because of their audience and their publishing focus, they will not be interested in publishing your novel.  Publishers, especially smaller publishers, are very specialized about the literature they publish, and their audiences are pretty fixed.  You need to understand your audience–that’s the only way you can appropriately target the correct publishers for your writing.

The second point is the focus.  A focus isn’t an audience, but is related to the audience.  A focus is closer to a genre.  Here is the example from Lilly:  will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.  The audience is general, but the novel is specifically targeted to spiritual, mystery, and suspense.  Lilly isn’t a criminal mystery, but a person who enjoys a mystery novel might enjoy the novel.  The second statement clarifies the novel genre as historical mystery and suspense.  This places it in an audience and a genre and is the basis for the genre listed below.

As an author, you must understand your audience and determine who might potentially publish your novel.  If you want any real hope of being published, your potential publisher must first read your marketing materials and then your novel extracts or the completed novel.  If they don’t or won’t, you will have no hope of being published.

At this point everything I’m doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 286, Keywords, Marketing Materials

16 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 286, Keywords, Marketing Materials

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way.

Today’s Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishers.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We’ve already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.

The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

  1. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, Hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math; will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.

Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Reviewer’s quotes.

Time to look at keywords.  The world of the internet and computers is all about keywords–choose the wrong ones and no one will every know about your novel.  Choose the right ones and you will be a best seller.  It isn’t quite as simple as that, but the proper keywords and having keywords is necessary.

First, you will want to place the keywords for your novel in the search keywords for your novel’s site.  Second, your publisher or potential publisher will want keyword for their research and their website.  Let’s look at the keywords I chose for Lilly:
Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math.

You don’t want too many, and you don’t want too few.  You want keywords to be concrete  and real.  Love is a poor keyword–too common and not concrete enough (unless you wrote Love Story).  Pick words that represent the place of your novel and the character of the people in your novel.  Note, in Lilly, we have Washington State, Tacoma (large city close by), Spanaway (city where novel mostly takes place), Seattle (city where some of the novel takes place), Pacific Lutheran University (the University in the novel).  Lilly is a hacker and in math.  Dane is in engineering and math.  The main concept in the novel is about Lilly being a goddess, eating sushi, redemption as an theme, Japanese kami, a Shinto shrine, the Shinto tori.  All of these except redemption are very concrete things to describe the novel and the characters.  I left in redemption as a theme idea–its a bit more unique than love as an idea.

Put your list together for your novel based on these ideas–note there are more than ten and less than twenty–that’s about right.

At this point everything I’m doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 285, Length, Marketing Materials

15 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 285, Length, Marketing Materials

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way.

Today’s Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishers.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We’ve already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.

The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

  1. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, Hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math; will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.

Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Reviewer’s quotes.

Let’s talk a bit about the length of a novel.  Every novel is categorized by length.  I write novels to be approximately 100,000 words.  A novella is usually less than 50,000 words.  Anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 is about right for a novel.  If your novels are longer than 150,000 words, they are too long.  Although the longest legitimate novel in the English language is Atlas Shrugged at one million words, that is an odd novel.  Atlas Shrugged is a great novel and a powerful novel, but the writer was established and the novel is a classic.  Your novel won’t necessarily be that great.  If you can’t tell your story in about 100,000 words, you need to break your novel into smaller pieces.
I had a novel that began to become longer than it should.  My Ghost Ship novels started as a single idea, but the first novel became longer than reasonable (more than 100,000 words).  I cut the novel into two parts at a logical point.  That single novel turned into five separate novels–I’m still writing on the fifth and last novel.

The point is that if a novel is too long, it won’t be publishable.  Plus, who can write a cohesive novel of greater than much more than 100,000 words.  I’ll give you as many as 150,000, but it better be really good–and you better be a published author.  If you haven’t proven yourself in a smaller way, you will certainly not be able to do it in a longer format.

In any case, you need to list the length of your novel.

At this point everything I’m doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 284, Name, Marketing Materials

14 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 284, Name, Marketing Materials

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way.

Today’s Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishers.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We’ve already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.

The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

  1. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, Hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math; will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.

Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Reviewer’s quotes.

I’m a little out of order here.  I should have started with names first.  There are few reasons for not using your real name on your novels, but like all marketing decisions, it may mean the sale of more or less books.  This is a critical lesson already learned by many who have already made a place in the business.  Every decision about a novel is a marketing decision–even to the name the author uses.  Because of this, I recommend you think long and hard about the name you will use to publishers and to the public.  I did.

Think of the names of authors.  Many are contrived (pen names).  Many are intentionally changed.  Most are shortened or modified in some way to make them easier to say or more majestic on the cover.  Think of celebrities.  Many of them (if not most) change their names to be more dynamic and special.  Authors don’t necessarily need to change their names for marketability (although some do), they need to just evaluate the name they will put on the cover of their novels for the way it looks and how it sounds.

I decided to use my initials and last name, “L.D. Alford.”  This looks good on the cover.  It is easy to say.  It is a good handle.  Plus it represents the kind of writing I would like to be associated with–literature.  If my specialty were Romance novels, I might have chosen a different pen-name.  If my specialty were horror novels, I might have chosen something different.  Just look at the name Stephen King–it looks like the name of an author of horror novels.  This is how you want your pen-name to be viewed–matched appropriately to your writing.

At this point everything I’m doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 283, Key Words, Marketing Materials

13 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 283, Key Words, Marketing Materials

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way.

Today’s Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishers.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We’ve already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.
The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

  1. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, Hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math; will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense

 

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.

Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Reviewer’s quotes.

At this point let’s look at the key words and market focus.  The market focus above isn’t very creative.  Usually, I put a little more in this part.  This is really a huge part of what a publisher is looking for–what audience will the novel appeal to.  If you don’t have a novel that will appeal to a large potion of the publisher’s audience, they won’t read any further.  For example, if you have a book that appeals to a Christian audience and you send it to an erotic romance publisher, you aren’t going anywhere with that publisher.  Likewise, if you write homoerotic literature, and you send it to an inspirational publisher, you aren’t going anywhere.  Don’t doll it up, but don’t be stupid.  Many works fit in between–and especially the unique works of today.

My works are very difficult to fit into a genre.  The specific genre is changed by my publisher depending on the market and the emphasis they want to place on the work.  Is my novel, Aegypt, historical, suspense, horror, military fiction, fantasy…it is very hard to place.  The websites generally call it suspense or historical suspense–that’s great.  The trick is to appropriately place your work, but align it with your potential publisher.  If it’s too far out, you won’t get anywhere–if it is close or close enough, the publisher might read further.  That’s the point, to get a publisher to read further.

At this point everything I’m doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 282, Marketing Materials

12 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 282, Marketing Materials

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way.

Today’s Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishers.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We’ve already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.

The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and eventually to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

  1. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Genre:

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.

Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Reviewer’s quotes.

I’ll get to how to fill in the rest in the next few days.  For now, note that I put in the title, the author’s name, the type, and the number of words.  The name is my pen-name.  It isn’t much of a change from my regular name, but I thought a long time about what name should go on the front of my novels.  Perhaps I’ll discuss that next.

At this point everything I’m doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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