1 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 271, Cover
Announcement: Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy. You can read mor 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.
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.
Every novel needs a proposed cover. The cover you develop for your work can be used on a website and will be necessary for your publisher to create the cover for your novel. When a work is on contract to be published, the publisher will ask you for a cover proposal. They will usually ask you to look at available art and photos and to recommend the photos you like to represent your novel. I recommend that you already have a cover as an example for your publisher.
The publisher will take your proposal and give it to their cover company or artists. They will make a cover based on your recommendations and ideas. They may produce more than one cover recommendation for you to choose from. If you go to the secret pages for my novels, you can see the preliminary art proposals from my publishers and my cover recommendations.
You an also use a proposed cover to populate your website. This can stand in for the cover until you have an actual cover from your publisher.
The cover proposal is simple–the idea is to provide a starting point and a basis for a website for your novel.