Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x143, It’s Finished, The Title

22 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x143, It’s Finished, The Title

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

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.

 sorcha-cover
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.

For novel 28: Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.

First, you write and write and write until you are competent and someone finally accepts one of your novels for publication.

Second, you keep writing.

Third, you market.

Fourth, you keep writing with the hope your marketing and your writing will finally come to fruition.

Fifth, you market.

Here is a list of the primary information I develop for a completed novel. I’ll put some explanation beside the sections. Eventually, I’ll fill them out for my newest novel.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

The novel School is one of my Enchantment novels. This is just the series name I gave the novels. I don’t know if those titles will stick or if a publisher will want them. I think they are clever, but most authors are like that.

In choosing the title for the first Enchantment novel, I went through a thorough process. The first novel was titled, Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth. The main part of the title Enchantment of the Hearth as vetted through about ten people. To be most specific, another published author, my primary prepublication reader, a group of about five ladies who were interested in the novel, another one of my prepublication readers, and a couple of writing friends. Most were happy with the main title: Enchantment of the Hearth. I added Hestia when I was working through the title of the second novel, and also because my publisher had suggested we name each of my Ancient Light novels with a single word title. I suggested some title ideas to the publisher. That’s when I decided to put a potential single word title, a name, to each Enchantment novel. I could have done this for the Ancient Light novels, but eventually my publisher decided not to do that. In any case, the single name with a more informative title with the word Enchantment in it seems like a good approach.

The name itself is interesting and gives the work appeal, plus a single word handle. The Enchantment of the xxxx part is intriguing and excites the reader or potential reader. The final word, School, in this case provides a very interesting draw for the potential reader. What could be more interesting than an enchanted school, or the enchanted person of the first part of the title? I think the title has a good and strong potential for drawing in a reader to check out the novel. A potential publisher might not be as excited about it, and I’ll accept their recommendation. Each of the novels’ titles use a similar format in the Enchantment series.

Next, I made an internet check for a similar title. This title is somewhat long, and is unique, but there are some hits based on the combinations of Deirdre and enchantment. This is great from my standpoint. The URL of www.Deirdre.com is available, but I didn’t purchase it. I probably should. I’ll likely market the novel using an extra URL that I own.

All in all, this seems like a good title to market with. I’ll stick with it for now.

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

 

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

 

Book

 

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

 

118,670 words

 

Keywords and Market Focus:

 

Fiction, curse, sith, fae, fairy, seelie, unseelie, Sherwood Forest, Britain, United Kingdom, MI6, covert, spy, goddess, Dagda, military, training; will fascinate anyone interested in covert operations, enchantment, and the fae—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy spy, mystery, and suspense novels.

 

Genre:

Historical Fantasy

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

The finest entertainment in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture—so asserts L. D. Alford, a novelist who explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. He builds tales that make ancient people and times real to us. His stories uniquely explore the connections between present events, history, and the future—he combines them with threads of reality that bring fiction alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, and Air Command and Staff College. He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe, Asia, and Central America. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.

 

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Shiggaion Tash is a screw-up. Not your run of the mill screw-up, rather, she is a truly royal screw-up. From the botched experiment in her graduate class at Oxford, where she exposed all her students to a radionuclide to blowing the kneecap off her pistol range instructor at Sandhurst, Shiggaion is a screw-up. What’s worse is Sandhurst, sent her to Military Intelligence (MI) science where she released nerve gas and sent an entire floor to hospital. From there science sent her to section VIII, Clandestine Communications where she broadcast classified operational codes to the Britain’s enemies. Section VIII sent her to Section V, counter-espionage reports, where she designed an organizational database system that lost all the reports. Section V moved her on to Section VII, Economic Intelligence. There, she dumped a load of contraband in the Thames. Section VII pushed her into Section N, a section that exploits the contents of foreign diplomatic bags. Shiggaion accidentally lost her identification badge inside a diplomatic pouch and caused an international incident. Section N passed her to Section D, Political Covert Actions and Paramilitary Operations. There, she wrecked an SUV and sent her teammates to hospital. Finally, Section D gave her over to Hostage Rescue. During a hostage recovery exercise Shiggaion accidently shot a hostage. It was a laser scored exercise, but she did make a mark—someone else did too. One of the instructors shot Shiggaion in the left buttocks with a tranq round.

Shaggaion woke strapped to a medical table with a pain in her left cheek and a drug induced headache. She also has to go–badly. Shiggaion can’t imagine such treatment. Shiggaion’s cries finally provoke a response. Sorcha Davis throws open the door, threatens Shiggaion with bodily harm, and christens her—Shiggy. To survive, indeed to be able to relieve her bladder, and to prevent bodily harm, Shiggy must acquiesce to Sorcha’s demands and accept her new name. She must do much more than that. Shiggy must acknowledge and admit to all her previous lapses of judgement and take responsibility for them.

Thus begins the training of Shiggy Tash. Sorcha dresses her, arms her (simulated weapons at first), trains her, punishes her, demeans her, and fashions her into a lady. All for the purpose, so says Sorcha, to make Shiggy a sensual and sexy spy who can woo the hearts of men and woman. Shiggy looks like a ditz—a very beautiful ditz after Sorcha is done, but a ditz. Sorcha needs an intelligent ditz who doesn’t look like a dangerous person or a spy at all. Shiggy isn’t so sure, plus there is much more to this business than simple or not so simple spying.

Sorcha tells her that they are part of Stela, an organization in British Intelligence that protects the UK from supernatural beings and events. Shiggy doesn’t believe in the supernatural and now she must work with it—she even meets some supernatural beings. What’s to become of Shiggy now?

 

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

 

The concept behind Sorcha is to show a truly flawed person who initially won’t take responsibility for her actions and bad judgement. The novel shows the transformation of a person of bad judgement, taste, and personality into a powerful and useful person.

A secondary concept in the novel is love and pursuit of love by gentlemen for a lady who isn’t used to anyone loving her and another woman who has never been loved because of her personality.

 

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

None

 

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

 

Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si www.HearthGoddess.com, a matron rescues and educates the Queen of the fae.

 

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer www.GoddessofLightNovel.com, a math genius girl gets a boyfriend and becomes a Japanese goddess.

 

Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire www.GoddessofDarkness.com, a British agent accidentally becomes involved with a vampire.

 

Khione: Enchantment and the Fox www.GoddessNovel.com, a graduate student discovers a demigoddess in modern Boston.

 

Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon www.AksinyaNovel.com, a Russian princess calls a demon to protect her family.

 

Dana-ana: Enchantment of the Maiden www.Dana-ana.com, the mystery of Dana-ana Goewyn.

 

Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth www.EnchantmentoftheHearth.com, the misadventures of archeologists in modern Greece.

 

Antebellum www.AntebellumNovel.com the mystery of a house that has been missing since the American Civil War and the girl who is called to it.

 

The Second Mission www.TheSecondMission.com is a historical fiction novel about ancient Greece published in 2003 by Xulon.

 

Centurion www.CenturionNovel.com published January 2008 and Aegypt www.AegyptNovel.com also published in January 2008 are historical fiction novels from OakTara Fiction www.OakTara.com

 

The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox is a science fiction series published by OakTara Fiction

The End of Honor (published, July 2008) www.TheEndofHonor.com

The Fox’s Honor (published Oct 2008) www.TheFoxsHonor.com

A Season of Honor (published Nov 2008) www.ASeasonofHonor.com

 

Ancient Light is a suspense series published by Broadstreet, Eleutheria, September 2014 in a three-in-one www.AncientLight.com.

Aegypt (second edition published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.Aegypt.com

Sister of Light (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.SisterofLight.com

Sister of Darkness (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.SisterofDarkness.com

 

More information is available at www.ldalford.com

 

L.D. Alford has more than 40 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar. His military aviation writing is featured as Military Aviation Adventures on www.wingsoverkansas.com.

 

Reviewer’s quotes.

No one would expect Shiggy Tash to be anything more than a ditz. She’s even blond, but she may be the most dangerous person in British Intelligence—particularly to British intelligence.

 

Shiggy doesn’t believe in the supernatural. She’s living in a supernatural house with supernatural guardians, and meets all kinds of supernatural beings. Perhaps she needs to make a second appraisal.

 

What fun. A failed British agent with poor judgement who happens to be a cursed warrior. Is there any hope for Shiggy?

 

  1. No more than 3 sentences about the content of your manuscript.

 

Shiggy Tash finally meets her match in Sorcha Davis—Sorcha has a large stick, knows Shiggy’s every thought, and has convinced the village that Shiggy is recovering from a brain injury.

The world of British Intelligence meets the supernatural in an entertaining tale of rehabilitation, love, and spying.

 

Shiggy Tash is the most dangerous person in the world to British Intelligence—she happens to be a member, slightly out of control, and in need of a good trainer.

 

  1. One sentence about successful works similar to yours.

 

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse is a unique novel with nothing very similar—it is an idea and a theme wholly unto itself.

 

  1. No more than 2 sentences about yourself. (use 3rd person)

 

  1. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing uniquely explores the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive.

 

Dr. Alford is a scientist and widely traveled author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.

 

  1. No more than 2 sentences that include “other,” i.e. any reasons, relationships, or other factors that might make your work more attractive.

 

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse continues the supernatural themes introduced in L.D. Alford’s Enchantment and Ancient Light novels. It is a standalone novel.

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse is exciting fiction from the celebrated author of Essie: Enchantment and the Aor Si, Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer, Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire, Khione: Enchantment and the Fox, Dana-ana: Enchantment of the Maiden, Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth, Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon, Antebellum, Centurion, Aegypt, The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, A Season of Honor, Sister of Light, and Sister of Darkness.

I left in all the information for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. I’ll write and put in the information for School over the next few weeks.

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 x142, It’s Finished, Title

21 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x142, It’s Finished, Title

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

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.

 sorcha-cover
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.

For novel 28: Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.

First, you write and write and write until you are competent and someone finally accepts one of your novels for publication.

Second, you keep writing.

Third, you market.

Fourth, you keep writing with the hope your marketing and your writing will finally come to fruition.

Fifth, you market.

Here is a list of the primary information I develop for a completed novel. I’ll put some explanation beside the sections. Eventually, I’ll fill them out for my newest novel.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Let’s start with the title. The title may or may not stay. So far of my published novels, my publisher accepted and used the titles I recommended. My publisher did ask me to name the Aegypt, Sister of Darkness, and Sister of Light series. I decided to call it Ancient Light, and the publisher was happy with it. My publisher also wanted a series title for the Honor series: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor. My publisher liked the series title Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox, and they used that name.

From that, I’m five for five. I think up pretty good names for my novels. That may not always continue. I like to bend to my publisher’s judgement. They understand the market better than I do. I was asked at one time to suggest single name/word titles for my works in consideration. I did provide them with some justification. There you go—why chose a certain title for a work?

The title is a critical part of a novel. It is part of the selling and marketing. If a reader can’t relate to your title, they usually won’t pick up or look at the book. You need to have a title that interests and excites the reader. In the modern era, the title needs to excite and interest the bookstore patron and the web browser. Thus a novel title needs a little more than to be catchy. Catchy is good, but it needs to be searchable. If you search for your novel title, what comes up? Before you chose a title, make a search. If it comes back with not hits at all—that isn’t a good choice. If it comes back with a gazillion hits, that isn’t a good choice. If it comes back it a moderate number—not too many and not too few, you have a good choice. No hits means no one will find your work. You need to refine it better. If it is a simple one or two word title—not too weird a spelling, you might have a keeper. But I can assure you, in the current internet a two word or single word title will not come back with no hits—it can’t happen.

For titles, nouns are good. Simple descriptive nouns. A verb can work. If you look at my novel titles, you can see how unique they are. I still had to use the addition of novel for the websites. The web url is a great indicator of the popularity of a name or a title. Thus Centurion had to be CenturionNovel.com and Aegypt had to become AegyptNovel.com. My other novel titles were more unique.

So, on picking a title—a little unique, but not too unique. A little searched but not too much or too little. Not so strange that it isn’t easily found. There is more, and I’ve written more before.

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

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

118,670 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, curse, sith, fae, fairy, seelie, unseelie, Sherwood Forest, Britain, United Kingdom, MI6, covert, spy, goddess, Dagda, military, training; will fascinate anyone interested in covert operations, enchantment, and the fae—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy spy, mystery, and suspense novels.

Genre:

Historical Fantasy

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

The finest entertainment in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture—so asserts L. D. Alford, a novelist who explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. He builds tales that make ancient people and times real to us. His stories uniquely explore the connections between present events, history, and the future—he combines them with threads of reality that bring fiction alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, and Air Command and Staff College. He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe, Asia, and Central America. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Shiggaion Tash is a screw-up. Not your run of the mill screw-up, rather, she is a truly royal screw-up. From the botched experiment in her graduate class at Oxford, where she exposed all her students to a radionuclide to blowing the kneecap off her pistol range instructor at Sandhurst, Shiggaion is a screw-up. What’s worse is Sandhurst, sent her to Military Intelligence (MI) science where she released nerve gas and sent an entire floor to hospital. From there science sent her to section VIII, Clandestine Communications where she broadcast classified operational codes to the Britain’s enemies. Section VIII sent her to Section V, counter-espionage reports, where she designed an organizational database system that lost all the reports. Section V moved her on to Section VII, Economic Intelligence. There, she dumped a load of contraband in the Thames. Section VII pushed her into Section N, a section that exploits the contents of foreign diplomatic bags. Shiggaion accidentally lost her identification badge inside a diplomatic pouch and caused an international incident. Section N passed her to Section D, Political Covert Actions and Paramilitary Operations. There, she wrecked an SUV and sent her teammates to hospital. Finally, Section D gave her over to Hostage Rescue. During a hostage recovery exercise Shiggaion accidently shot a hostage. It was a laser scored exercise, but she did make a mark—someone else did too. One of the instructors shot Shiggaion in the left buttocks with a tranq round.

Shaggaion woke strapped to a medical table with a pain in her left cheek and a drug induced headache. She also has to go–badly. Shiggaion can’t imagine such treatment. Shiggaion’s cries finally provoke a response. Sorcha Davis throws open the door, threatens Shiggaion with bodily harm, and christens her—Shiggy. To survive, indeed to be able to relieve her bladder, and to prevent bodily harm, Shiggy must acquiesce to Sorcha’s demands and accept her new name. She must do much more than that. Shiggy must acknowledge and admit to all her previous lapses of judgement and take responsibility for them.

Thus begins the training of Shiggy Tash. Sorcha dresses her, arms her (simulated weapons at first), trains her, punishes her, demeans her, and fashions her into a lady. All for the purpose, so says Sorcha, to make Shiggy a sensual and sexy spy who can woo the hearts of men and woman. Shiggy looks like a ditz—a very beautiful ditz after Sorcha is done, but a ditz. Sorcha needs an intelligent ditz who doesn’t look like a dangerous person or a spy at all. Shiggy isn’t so sure, plus there is much more to this business than simple or not so simple spying.

Sorcha tells her that they are part of Stela, an organization in British Intelligence that protects the UK from supernatural beings and events. Shiggy doesn’t believe in the supernatural and now she must work with it—she even meets some supernatural beings. What’s to become of Shiggy now?

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

The concept behind Sorcha is to show a truly flawed person who initially won’t take responsibility for her actions and bad judgement. The novel shows the transformation of a person of bad judgement, taste, and personality into a powerful and useful person.

A secondary concept in the novel is love and pursuit of love by gentlemen for a lady who isn’t used to anyone loving her and another woman who has never been loved because of her personality.

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

None

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

Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si www.HearthGoddess.com, a matron rescues and educates the Queen of the fae.

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer www.GoddessofLightNovel.com, a math genius girl gets a boyfriend and becomes a Japanese goddess.

Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire www.GoddessofDarkness.com, a British agent accidentally becomes involved with a vampire.

Khione: Enchantment and the Fox www.GoddessNovel.com, a graduate student discovers a demigoddess in modern Boston.

Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon www.AksinyaNovel.com, a Russian princess calls a demon to protect her family.

Dana-ana: Enchantment of the Maiden www.Dana-ana.com, the mystery of Dana-ana Goewyn.

Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth www.EnchantmentoftheHearth.com, the misadventures of archeologists in modern Greece.

Antebellum www.AntebellumNovel.com the mystery of a house that has been missing since the American Civil War and the girl who is called to it.

The Second Mission www.TheSecondMission.com is a historical fiction novel about ancient Greece published in 2003 by Xulon.

Centurion www.CenturionNovel.com published January 2008 and Aegypt www.AegyptNovel.com also published in January 2008 are historical fiction novels from OakTara Fiction www.OakTara.com

The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox is a science fiction series published by OakTara Fiction

The End of Honor (published, July 2008) www.TheEndofHonor.com

The Fox’s Honor (published Oct 2008) www.TheFoxsHonor.com

A Season of Honor (published Nov 2008) www.ASeasonofHonor.com

Ancient Light is a suspense series published by Broadstreet, Eleutheria, September 2014 in a three-in-one www.AncientLight.com.

Aegypt (second edition published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.Aegypt.com

Sister of Light (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.SisterofLight.com

Sister of Darkness (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.SisterofDarkness.com

More information is available at www.ldalford.com

L.D. Alford has more than 40 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar. His military aviation writing is featured as Military Aviation Adventures on www.wingsoverkansas.com.

Reviewer’s quotes.

No one would expect Shiggy Tash to be anything more than a ditz. She’s even blond, but she may be the most dangerous person in British Intelligence—particularly to British intelligence.

Shiggy doesn’t believe in the supernatural. She’s living in a supernatural house with supernatural guardians, and meets all kinds of supernatural beings. Perhaps she needs to make a second appraisal.

What fun. A failed British agent with poor judgement who happens to be a cursed warrior. Is there any hope for Shiggy?

  1. No more than 3 sentences about the content of your manuscript.

Shiggy Tash finally meets her match in Sorcha Davis—Sorcha has a large stick, knows Shiggy’s every thought, and has convinced the village that Shiggy is recovering from a brain injury.

The world of British Intelligence meets the supernatural in an entertaining tale of rehabilitation, love, and spying.

Shiggy Tash is the most dangerous person in the world to British Intelligence—she happens to be a member, slightly out of control, and in need of a good trainer.

  1. One sentence about successful works similar to yours.

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse is a unique novel with nothing very similar—it is an idea and a theme wholly unto itself.

  1. No more than 2 sentences about yourself. (use 3rd person)

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing uniquely explores the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive.

Dr. Alford is a scientist and widely traveled author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.

  1. No more than 2 sentences that include “other,” i.e. any reasons, relationships, or other factors that might make your work more attractive.

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse continues the supernatural themes introduced in L.D. Alford’s Enchantment and Ancient Light novels. It is a standalone novel.

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse is exciting fiction from the celebrated author of Essie: Enchantment and the Aor Si, Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer, Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire, Khione: Enchantment and the Fox, Dana-ana: Enchantment of the Maiden, Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth, Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon, Antebellum, Centurion, Aegypt, The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, A Season of Honor, Sister of Light, and Sister of Darkness.

I left in all the information for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. I’ll write and put in the information for School over the next few weeks.

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 x141, It’s Finished, still more Marketing

20 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x141, It’s Finished, still more Marketing

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

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.

 sorcha-cover
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.

For novel 28: Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.

First, you write and write and write until you are competent and someone finally accepts one of your novels for publication.

Second, you keep writing.

Third, you market.

Fourth, you keep writing with the hope your marketing and your writing will finally come to fruition.

Fifth, you market.

If it seems like the marketing process is a large part of this, you’re right. I really love writing. I’m not into the marketing as much as I should be. I don’t mind putting together the marketing material. I’m not enamored of the research, sending out letters and email, and working the sales angles. I’m a man of letters, and I think this type of work requires a car salesman.

Really, I don’t mind selling my work, but in my mind, selling the work means that I give you a copy to read. I think the work speaks for itself. I don’t mind building teasers or synopses for you, and I’ll read it to you all day, but why do I have to sell it to you as well. In my mind, I wrote a novel to build you, the reader, a rich and rare experience—one I couldn’t provide you in any other way.

So, back to marketing. I’m getting to the point where I develop the marketing materials for my newest novel, School. The first step or stage is to build a synopsis and other information. Here’s the information I develop.

Title of Work:

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

Book

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

118,670 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, curse, sith, fae, fairy, seelie, unseelie, Sherwood Forest, Britain, United Kingdom, MI6, covert, spy, goddess, Dagda, military, training; will fascinate anyone interested in covert operations, enchantment, and the fae—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy spy, mystery, and suspense novels.

Genre:

Historical Fantasy

Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

The finest entertainment in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture—so asserts L. D. Alford, a novelist who explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. He builds tales that make ancient people and times real to us. His stories uniquely explore the connections between present events, history, and the future—he combines them with threads of reality that bring fiction alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, and Air Command and Staff College. He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe, Asia, and Central America. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.

Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words

Shiggaion Tash is a screw-up. Not your run of the mill screw-up, rather, she is a truly royal screw-up. From the botched experiment in her graduate class at Oxford, where she exposed all her students to a radionuclide to blowing the kneecap off her pistol range instructor at Sandhurst, Shiggaion is a screw-up. What’s worse is Sandhurst, sent her to Military Intelligence (MI) science where she released nerve gas and sent an entire floor to hospital. From there science sent her to section VIII, Clandestine Communications where she broadcast classified operational codes to the Britain’s enemies. Section VIII sent her to Section V, counter-espionage reports, where she designed an organizational database system that lost all the reports. Section V moved her on to Section VII, Economic Intelligence. There, she dumped a load of contraband in the Thames. Section VII pushed her into Section N, a section that exploits the contents of foreign diplomatic bags. Shiggaion accidentally lost her identification badge inside a diplomatic pouch and caused an international incident. Section N passed her to Section D, Political Covert Actions and Paramilitary Operations. There, she wrecked an SUV and sent her teammates to hospital. Finally, Section D gave her over to Hostage Rescue. During a hostage recovery exercise Shiggaion accidently shot a hostage. It was a laser scored exercise, but she did make a mark—someone else did too. One of the instructors shot Shiggaion in the left buttocks with a tranq round.

Shaggaion woke strapped to a medical table with a pain in her left cheek and a drug induced headache. She also has to go–badly. Shiggaion can’t imagine such treatment. Shiggaion’s cries finally provoke a response. Sorcha Davis throws open the door, threatens Shiggaion with bodily harm, and christens her—Shiggy. To survive, indeed to be able to relieve her bladder, and to prevent bodily harm, Shiggy must acquiesce to Sorcha’s demands and accept her new name. She must do much more than that. Shiggy must acknowledge and admit to all her previous lapses of judgement and take responsibility for them.

Thus begins the training of Shiggy Tash. Sorcha dresses her, arms her (simulated weapons at first), trains her, punishes her, demeans her, and fashions her into a lady. All for the purpose, so says Sorcha, to make Shiggy a sensual and sexy spy who can woo the hearts of men and woman. Shiggy looks like a ditz—a very beautiful ditz after Sorcha is done, but a ditz. Sorcha needs an intelligent ditz who doesn’t look like a dangerous person or a spy at all. Shiggy isn’t so sure, plus there is much more to this business than simple or not so simple spying.

Sorcha tells her that they are part of Stela, an organization in British Intelligence that protects the UK from supernatural beings and events. Shiggy doesn’t believe in the supernatural and now she must work with it—she even meets some supernatural beings. What’s to become of Shiggy now?

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

The concept behind Sorcha is to show a truly flawed person who initially won’t take responsibility for her actions and bad judgement. The novel shows the transformation of a person of bad judgement, taste, and personality into a powerful and useful person.

A secondary concept in the novel is love and pursuit of love by gentlemen for a lady who isn’t used to anyone loving her and another woman who has never been loved because of her personality.

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

None

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

Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si www.HearthGoddess.com, a matron rescues and educates the Queen of the fae.

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer www.GoddessofLightNovel.com, a math genius girl gets a boyfriend and becomes a Japanese goddess.

 Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire www.GoddessofDarkness.com, a British agent accidentally becomes involved with a vampire.

Khione: Enchantment and the Fox www.GoddessNovel.com, a graduate student discovers a demigoddess in modern Boston.

Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon www.AksinyaNovel.com, a Russian princess calls a demon to protect her family.

Dana-ana: Enchantment of the Maiden www.Dana-ana.com, the mystery of Dana-ana Goewyn.

Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth www.EnchantmentoftheHearth.com, the misadventures of archeologists in modern Greece.

Antebellum www.AntebellumNovel.com the mystery of a house that has been missing since the American Civil War and the girl who is called to it.

The Second Mission www.TheSecondMission.com is a historical fiction novel about ancient Greece published in 2003 by Xulon.

Centurion www.CenturionNovel.com published January 2008 and Aegypt www.AegyptNovel.com also published in January 2008 are historical fiction novels from OakTara Fiction www.OakTara.com

The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox is a science fiction series published by OakTara Fiction

The End of Honor (published, July 2008) www.TheEndofHonor.com

The Fox’s Honor (published Oct 2008) www.TheFoxsHonor.com

A Season of Honor (published Nov 2008) www.ASeasonofHonor.com

Ancient Light is a suspense series published by Broadstreet, Eleutheria, September 2014 in a three-in-one www.AncientLight.com.

Aegypt (second edition published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.Aegypt.com

Sister of Light (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.SisterofLight.com

Sister of Darkness (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014) www.SisterofDarkness.com

More information is available at www.ldalford.com

L.D. Alford has more than 40 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar. His military aviation writing is featured as Military Aviation Adventures on www.wingsoverkansas.com.

Reviewer’s quotes.

No one would expect Shiggy Tash to be anything more than a ditz. She’s even blond, but she may be the most dangerous person in British Intelligence—particularly to British intelligence.

Shiggy doesn’t believe in the supernatural. She’s living in a supernatural house with supernatural guardians, and meets all kinds of supernatural beings. Perhaps she needs to make a second appraisal.

What fun. A failed British agent with poor judgement who happens to be a cursed warrior. Is there any hope for Shiggy?

  1. No more than 3 sentences about the content of your manuscript.

Shiggy Tash finally meets her match in Sorcha Davis—Sorcha has a large stick, knows Shiggy’s every thought, and has convinced the village that Shiggy is recovering from a brain injury.

The world of British Intelligence meets the supernatural in an entertaining tale of rehabilitation, love, and spying.

Shiggy Tash is the most dangerous person in the world to British Intelligence—she happens to be a member, slightly out of control, and in need of a good trainer.

  1. One sentence about successful works similar to yours.

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse is a unique novel with nothing very similar—it is an idea and a theme wholly unto itself.

No more than 2 sentences about yourself. (use 3rd person)

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing uniquely explores the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive.

Dr. Alford is a scientist and widely traveled author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.

  1. No more than 2 sentences that include “other,” i.e. any reasons, relationships, or other factors that might make your work more attractive.

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse continues the supernatural themes introduced in L.D. Alford’s Enchantment and Ancient Light novels. It is a standalone novel.

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse is exciting fiction from the celebrated author of Essie: Enchantment and the Aor Si, Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer, Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire, Khione: Enchantment and the Fox, Dana-ana: Enchantment of the Maiden, Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth, Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon, Antebellum, Centurion, Aegypt, The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, A Season of Honor, Sister of Light, and Sister of Darkness.

I left in all the information for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. I’ll write and put in the information for School over the next few weeks.

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 x140, It’s Finished, more Marketing

19 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x140, It’s Finished, more Marketing

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

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.

 sorcha-cover
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.

For novel 28: Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.

First, you write and write and write until you are competent and someone finally accepts one of your novels for publication.

Second, you keep writing.

Third, you market.

Fourth, you keep writing with the hope your marketing and your writing will finally come to fruition. I want to write about the fruition part again. Skill is a requirement. Thus without skill, you can’t expect to entice a publisher (or anyone else) to read your works. The million words is necessary. If you make it with less than one million words, you are a true prodigy beyond the norm in mankind—or you have a contact in the business who helps you extensively. The one-shot wonders in our business were likely helped by their connections more than their skill. You can fake skill with a helpful ghost writer—we know that because most of those celebrities are too stupid and unskilled to write on their own. Not all, but most—you know that, right? The talking heads on the news, read what was given to them—you knew that, right? Some people really do have the skills you might expect from their life and experience, many don’t—you knew that, right?

Let’s suppose you have the skills, or not. The question is what shall I write about? I’ve been harping from the beginning, you must entertain. Without entertainment, no one will read your writing. Beyond the skill and the entertaining, what should I write? I have written, you want entertainment and a unique twist or a unique idea in the entertainment part.

Some ideas trip my interest factor. I look for pathos, excitement, and unique ideas. I went over first paragraphs with you before. I showed you how the initial paragraph and the initial scene drives novels and attracts readers. The marketing materials are the same. Some ideas hit me squarely in the brain interest area. Some stronger than others. I write those things that would make my brain interest area light up. Thus, I like pathos (emotion) building characters. I like some degree of mystery and secrets. I like a touch of the supernatural. You might say Harry Potty would exactly touch my brain interest areas—you would be right. The Sparkly Vampire novel, and the Hungry Game novels would do the same. No supernatural in the Hungry Games, but the idea is unique enough to interest me.

So what are you going to write about? If it doesn’t trip your interest and excitement, it won’t trip anyone else’s. If it seems bland or boring on paper, it really is. If the ideas are not unique or interesting, they aren’t. If you are skilled (one million words, remember), and you are still having problems connecting with a publisher, it is time to evaluate your writing subjects. Some stuff is just boring. Some ideas are boring. If it sounds boring to you or others—it is. Find another topic for your writing.

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 x139, It’s Finished, Marketing

18 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x139, It’s Finished, Marketing

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

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.

 sorcha-cover
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.

For novel 28: Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.

First, you write and write and write until you are competent and someone finally accepts one of your novels for publication.

Second, you keep writing.

Third, you market. In the next few weeks I’ll go over my marketing materials for a novel with you again. I have to say, I’m better at writing than I am at marketing. I suspect some authors are really good at marketing—more than writing. Unfortunately, most of us can only stumble through the marketing doing the best we can. You need to realize that marketing is the only way you will get a novel published. You have to sell your works and be willing to sell your works. I don’t mean by that that you have to be willing to physically set up shop—you have to be the best self-promoter your works have seen. I’d rather be writing and that’s a problem for most of us writers.

You need a marketing plan. Whatever you do, you might as well plan it out. I’ll give you somewhat of a plan. It kind of looks like this, build your marketing materials, and then market your novel. Both are very large parts to the whole. I can help direct and show you how to build market materials, and I can help give you ideas on the marketing; however, the actual marketing is where the rubber meets the road. Marketing any piece of writing is difficult. It has always been difficult. Even with a publisher, it is difficult. There are just so many authors out there who are clamoring for each publisher’s attention, that the publishers can ignore and do ignore most. They have the very difficult job of sifting the dross from the gold.

The worse problem for publishers is that they have to review or at least look at thousands of works from inexperienced and non-self-aware writers. I wrote and continue to write, until you have about one million words under your belt, you don’t have the skills to write well. Publishers know this, but they confront literally thousands of authors who have written a single novel or a few short stories and who will not accept correction and criticism—so the publishers don’t. The reason you won’t get feedback on any of your submissions, even if the publisher reads them, is that they, your peers, in the past did get feedback and rejected it, didn’t give up, and the publisher had to intentionally ignore them. You can’t blame all this on publishers. They ignore us because we won’t usually listen their corrections and help.

A real publisher who examines, reads, and likes your work, will send back feedback that says what they like and don’t like about your novel, but that’s getting to the point of contract. In my experience, a publisher won’t do this until they are ready to contract your work. There are too many good and experienced writers out there for a publisher to coddle or give extensive help to any author. You might see this for a favorite or someone’s kid in the business—like the Dragon books poorly written by that kid whose parents worked in the publishing business. For most of us, we are approaching publishers and presenting our best material and hoping they will take the time to read our works.

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 x138, It’s Finished, more Materials

17 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x138, It’s Finished, more 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

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.

 sorcha-cover
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.

For novel 28: Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.

First, you write and write and write until you are competent and someone finally accepts one of your novels for publication.

Second, you keep writing. The reason you are writing has nothing to do with publication or anything else—the reason I write is because I love to write. I’ve been reading since I was in first grade. I love to read. The reason I wanted to write was because I wanted to put my own stories on paper. I wanted to put down an entertaining novel because I love to read entertaining novels. This is why I constantly write—you write to entertain. In general, I write to entertain myself. If my novels are fun and exciting (entertaining) to me, I assume they will be entertaining to others. There have to be people out there who enjoy the kinds of reading I love and the kinds of writing I write.

One of my favorite authors is Jack Vance. I want to write, to a degree, like Jack Vance. I have a different approach and a different style, still I want my writing to touch people the way Vance’s writing touches me. And still, I am a very different writer than Vance. In what ways different? That is a great question.

I am a very close writer. I like my characters to be close but not lived by the reader. I want my readers to associate themselves with my characters, but although I want them to be close to the readers, I really want my readers to disassociate themselves from my characters. What does this mean exactly? There are some characters the reader can’t help associating with—they want to be them. This is generally a children’s and young adult experience. In Jack Vance’s novels, the reader usually doesn’t want to associate with his (Vance’s) characters. I provide characters my readers can associate with or not. They are close but not too close. The reader can feel touched by them, but don’t have to be them. This is an important approach in adult writing—or so I think it is.

It is not uncommon for children and young adult authors to drive for direct association. In fact, to the point of reducing description of the major characters to allow the reader to fit themselves into the plot and character. As I noted, this is not usually a characteristic of adult literature. It is also not a characteristic of my literature. What does all this have to do with “keep writing?” It doesn’t matter if you are published or not. If you have a story, keep writing. If you want to write a novel, keep writing. If you are not published, keep writing and trying.

I mentioned yesterday, I thought you wrote, got published and then wrote more. The reality is that you write and write and write. You write because you have a story to write. I have to admit, the more I get published, the more I write and want to write, but the reality is the writing and nothing else. Keep writing.

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 x137, It’s Finished, Materials

16 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x137, It’s Finished, 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

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.

 sorcha-cover
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.

For novel 28: Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.

When you finish a novel, your work is not done. I haven’t finished the major edit of School yet, but I’ll start moving toward the marketing materials. As I’ve been writing, the major marketing material is the novel itself. The preparation of the novel is a critical part of marketing. It always amazed me that someone could attract a publisher with just a proposal—I guess that happens and did happen more often in the past. I’m not so sure it is a viable approach in this era. Today, the author must have a work to present—the whole work, or no one will be willing to look. If you are a best seller, you might approach your publisher with a novel idea and get a contract, not so with new or non-best selling authors.

When I started writing seriously, not that I wasn’t always serious, but you reach a point as an author that you are willing to dedicate your life to writing–or not. When I started writing seriously, I thought, you write a novel and get it published, then people read your novel and your write another novel and so on. This isn’t the way it works at all.

First, you write and write and write until you are competent and someone finally accepts one of your novels for publication. Or you keep writing. I’ve written more than once about this. You must write approximately one million words to become a competent writer. This isn’t an option. There are no short cuts. You must write at least 1 million words—about eight to ten full length novels to reach the level of skill to be published. This is why I’m against self-publishing by unpublished authors. A full disclaimer—I did partner publish my first novel, The Second Mission, but I don’t think the publication helped me at all. My current regular publisher would have published The second Mission if it had not been already published.

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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