Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x152, It’s Finished, Other Info

31 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x152, It’s Finished, Other Info

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.

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. As we discuss them, I’ll fill them out for my newest novel.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book


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

120,975 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, friendship, Wycombe Abbey, school, boarding, education, training, boyfriends, Eton, diva, skills, shooting, fencing, fae, fairy, Britain, spy, goddess, Dagda, magic; will fascinate anyone interested in friendship, boarding schools, magic, and the fae—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy mystery and suspense novels.


Historical Suspense

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

Deirdre Calloway is a wild and dangerous girl. She’s never had a friend, was sent to boarding school at Wycombe Abbey to be finished, and has a penchant for fighting that has earned her a dubious reputation and record. Still, she is small blond haired and appears the exact opposite of her reputation. Did I mention, she has never had a friend? That’s all about to change.

Sorcha Weir has hair as black as pitch, and a face as sweet and delicate as a fae creature. Mostly because she is the offspring of a man and an Unseelie fae. She has been secretly attending Wycombe Abbey by using fae glamour to make her appear to be a proper student. She escaped from the juvenile prison at Aylesbury and secretly made her home at Wycombe. She has everything planned to learn, graduate, and continue her education. All she has to do is keep her attendance and presence a secret.

Sorcha has everything planned because no one can tell she is not a proper student—until she meets Deirdre. On the first day of classes, Deirdre notices Sorcha’s existence and sees through her glamour. This is one of Deirdre’s unusual skills. The problem is that Deirdre has never achieved anything in terms of personal intimacy except through fighting, and Sorcha has always lived a rough and tumble life. To protect her great secret, Sorcha attacks Deirdre. Deirdre doesn’t fall for the usual brawling tricks, and bests Sorcha. Now all of Sorcha’s goals are at risk. Her only hope to either banish Deirdre or befriend her. On the other hand, Deirdre is oddly attracted to those she defeats—an unpleasant result of her personality.

Deirdre is halted from fully taking advantage of her conquest by the intervention a teacher, Deirdre’s relative Lune Bolang. In any case, Sorcha seeks out Deirdre to either banish her or become her friend. Deirdre’s reaction is completely unexpected. Deirdre offers to keep Sorcha’s secret, to share her clothing, and her room.

Sorcha and Deirdre begin an odd friendship bound to Luna Bolang. Ms. Bolang doesn’t seem to know anything, but maybe knows everything. She encourages Sorcha and Deirdre to join the fencing club. She forces Deirdre and Sorcha to participate in electives.

These electives are patently unusual: fencing, shooting, making friends, associating with the tea-party class, meeting boys, learning about magic, meeting the fae, and seeing angels. There is much more in store for Deirdre and Sorcha. To keep Sorcha’s great secret and for Deirdre to remain at Wycombe and away from Deirdre’s past and her mother, the girls must acquiesce to Luna Bolang’s requirements.

Why is Luna Bolang at Wycombe as a teacher? Why the odd electives and study? Why the teaching about magic? What does Luna intend for Deirdre and Sorcha, and why is Ms. Rowley, the history instructor involved in magic? The fate of Deirdre and Sorcha lies in their own hands. The fate of friends, associates, and others will also become their responsibilities.

Concept of the Work: Approximately 250 Words

The concept behind Deirdre is to reveal friendship and trust bound by secrets and learning between two opposing personalities. The protagonist is a unique and unusual person who hasn’t lived much of a real childhood. She is paired with a girl who has lived nothing but through hard knocks and suffering.

This work also investigates ideas about magic and records detailed information on competition shooting.

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


Most of the time unless your novel was previously published, you won’t have one of these registrations. It is possible if the work was published as a thesis, self-published, published by another publisher, published in a different form, or registered with the copyright office. In any case, if you have one go ahead and list it. From my experience, your publisher will provide these registrations for you when they publish your work, and there is no need for them until the work is published.

Don’t fall for any registration or copyright scams. As long as you can prove the work is yours and not of someone else you won’t have any problems. I always used to save my paper copies. Because you rarely have paper copies today, I recommend just keeping a good set of backups for your files. It would be very difficult for someone to change file stamps and dates to steal your work, and even if they could, why would they?

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

Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse www.GoddessoftheHearth.com, a cursed woman becomes a deadly spy at the hands of a dangerous mistress.

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.

I have a lot of other information to provide a publisher. This, in my opinion is very important information. It shows off your writing experience and level of work. It is similar to your portfolio if you are an artist. There is even more I could list, but I don’t. I only include the most important works related to novels with a touch of the other materials. If I were selling short stories, I would list the published short stories. If poetry, the poetry. If I were marketing technical work, I would list the technical work and just give a number synopsis of the novels. The point here is to be as brief as possible, but to focus on works similar to what you are trying to market. I also provide the website. If you notice, every novel has a website. I have been repurposing some of my old websites. I will likely continue to do this until I sell a particular novel—then I will get the URL.

At first, you might as well get your own name (if possible) and the title of your novel (if possible). As you write more, you can get the title for each novel, or wait for a good time. In any case, you eventually need a website with the URL of the novel (or close to it). When you begin marketing, you might as well produce a webpage. I would have a facebook page too. There are a host of free hosting or free sites where you can put information about your novels. Use these to the maximum.

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 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:








fiction, theme, plot, story, storyline, character development, scene, setting, conversation, novel, book, writing, information, study, marketing, tension, release, creative, idea, logic


About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and 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, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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