Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x166, It’s Finished, Face to Face Marketing

14 September 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x166, It’s Finished, Face to Face 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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of a novel:

  1. Design the initial scene
  2. Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
    1. Research as required
    2. Develop the initial setting
    3. Develop the characters
    4. Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
  3. Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
  4. Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
  5. Write the climax scene
  6. Write the falling action scene(s)
  7. Write the dénouement scene

I finished writing my 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.

Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.

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.

I’m moving to marketing my newest novel. Here is some basic information from the long and short form.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

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.

Genre:

Historical Suspense

I’ve had some success with book cards and word of mouth. Below is an example of my author book card.

 

                                             www.ldalford.com        Author

L. D. Alford

Centurion                    www.CenturionNovel.com

  Aegypt                                           www.AegyptNovel.com

The Second Mission    www.TheSecondMission.com

  The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox

www.DragonandFox.com

 

Pilotlion@aol.com            www.pilotlion.blogspot.com

                                            www.ldalford.com       Author

L. D. Alford

Centurion                    www.CenturionNovel.com

  Aegypt                                         www.AegyptNovel.com

The Second Mission   www.TheSecondMission.com

  The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox

www.DragonandFox.com

 

Pilotlion@aol.com             www.pilotlion.blogspot.com

I’m almost certain it won’t show properly on this blog. In any case, the book card has my name, my website, my novel titles, and the novel websites. The point is that if you have an opportunity to discuss writing, you can hand the person a book card with your info on it. You can also add information such as your email address and other information as you desire. The most important information is your name and the titles of your novels. With this info, a prospective readers can find you and your books. If you notice (it didn’t show), I also put my picture on the book card. You might include your covers and etc. This is a very good way to get your name and the names of your titles out. Keep book cards in your wallet or with your other business cards.

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 x165, It’s Finished, more Presence Internet Marketing

13 September 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x165, It’s Finished, more Presence Internet 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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of a novel:

  1. Design the initial scene
  2. Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
    1. Research as required
    2. Develop the initial setting
    3. Develop the characters
    4. Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
  3. Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
  4. Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
  5. Write the climax scene
  6. Write the falling action scene(s)
  7. Write the dénouement scene

I finished writing my 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.

Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.

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.

I’m moving to marketing my newest novel. Here is some basic information from the long and short form.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

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.

Genre:

Historical Suspense

The trick in creating internet and therefore marketing presence is to be active on the internet. Activity means blogs, writing, twitter, facebook, google circles, plus a host of author sites. Except for very specific marketing through google, amazon, or facebook, all of this stuff should be free. I have accomplished some specific marketing promotions mostly on facebook, but with limited success. I have used the free amazon seller’s connections and webtools. They aren’t very lucrative either. I think the most powerful connection is book cards and word of mouth. I’ll get to those tomorrow.

Today, I want to mention some other ways of promoting your title and yourself. I already mentioned a few. These can be tied to your blog—thus when a blog update goes out so does a tweet, a facebook link, a linkedin update, and etc. Every day, my blogs generate one of these connections. That makes three blogs times three plus the blogs themselves. That means I’m putting out twelve direct contacts per day. Now add to that the bog connections from my Amazon and B&N author pages, the other blog connections from two other author pages, and any other extraneous connections. I am likely adding about twenty-five or more internet links and connections every day.

Did I mention author pages and information before? As the author of a novel, Amazon and B&N offers author pages and ways to add information about your novels and yourself. Here is a great way to expand your internet presence. In addition, on your Amazon author page, you can get information on your sales and readers’ comments on your novels. If you have a published novel, you definitely need to take advantage of this capability. For my novel Centurion I was able to place the reviews accomplished by other groups and people. I was able to add connections to other info on the novel from the web.

In addition to these sites, you can also use sites such as Author’s Den, Writer’s Net, Author Tree, We Read, Goodreads, Filedby, and many others. If you go to www.ldalford.com and select Writing Connections, you can see many of the places I’ve placed my personal and novel information. If you remember the point is presence, you get that you need as much as possible as often as possible. However, you always want to offer something of value to your potential readers and publishers. That’s the point of a blog. This blog is valuable because it includes my writing knowledge and ideas. I’ll move on to book cards and word of mouth next.

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 x164, It’s Finished, Presence Internet Marketing

12 September 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x164, It’s Finished, Presence Internet 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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of a novel:

  1. Design the initial scene
  2. Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
    1. Research as required
    2. Develop the initial setting
    3. Develop the characters
    4. Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
  3. Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
  4. Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
  5. Write the climax scene
  6. Write the falling action scene(s)
  7. Write the dénouement scene

I finished writing my 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.

Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.

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.

I’m moving to marketing my newest novel. Here is some basic information from the long and short form.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

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.

Genre:

Historical Suspense

If you have a proper title and a proper name (ones that are somewhat unique, but not wholly unique), now you can begin to build web presence. To build web presence, you need to legitimately place your name and your novel’s title on the net. My publisher made a whole list, but I’ll give you the synopsis. You need to write and keep writing for the web. If you intend to write as much as required, you need to find a subject that appeals to you and to many others. I began writing three blogs. The first is this one. This blog is a long form blog about writing that tries to help new and experienced writers with the information I’ve learned from writing for over 45 years and 28 novels.

My short form blog can be found at http://www.novelscene.wordpress.com. This blog is also about writing but handles shorter topics and mainly scene construction.

I also have a repost blog at www.ldalford.wordpress.com. I put this blog together because I wanted to place my long form blog on another site (for more web presence), and because I noticed some slight errors that I wanted to correct. In any case, the repost allows my blogs to have a little more exposure. I should likely repost the http://www.novelscene.wordpress.com on this blog site too, but I haven’t.

The results of writing three blogs a day, my novel websites, my personal websites, along with my publisher’s marketing, and some other placements has resulted in my novels and my name coming up as the first search results anytime the title and name is searched. If you just input the titles of my novels, you will get some other results, on the first page is my name. I consider this very successful. On booksellers, which are based on payment and sales, I don’t fare as well, but I’m slowly moving up.

I could do other things to make my web presence even stronger. I’ll mention some other ideas next.

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 x163, It’s Finished, more Internet Marketing

11 September 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x163, It’s Finished, more Internet 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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of a novel:

  1. Design the initial scene
  2. Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
    1. Research as required
    2. Develop the initial setting
    3. Develop the characters
    4. Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
  3. Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
  4. Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
  5. Write the climax scene
  6. Write the falling action scene(s)
  7. Write the dénouement scene

I finished writing my 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.

Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.

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.

I’m moving to marketing my newest novel. Here is some basic information from the long and short form.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

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.

Genre:

Historical Suspense

You need to build web presence for yourself and your novels. This is especially true for those of you who have a published novel, but still important if you don’t, yet. You begin building web presence with a web site. Whatever else you do, you need a web address (a URL) with your name and the title(s) of your novel(s) (book(s)). I wrote about this yesterday, and I’ve written extensively about this before. Get a web address with your name and one for each novel.

The development of your book titles is also important—I also wrote all about this before. I should mention something about names. I shall. Your writing name is like your titles—they must be slightly unique, but not completely unique. Your writing name must be slightly unique, but not completely unique. It also needs to be spellable, pronounceable, and findable. I’m lucky to have a name that is unusual, but spellable and pronounceable. When I search for my name, almost the only results are my name or my father’s name. There are always cats and dogs, but this is what you want from a direct search. You want people to find you and to find your book. If you have a URL of your name, they will find you. If they find you, they will find your novel. That’s about it.

So, what can you do about your name? My natural name works great. My pen name works great. If your natural name is not unique enough try fixing it up. This is how you develop a pen name in the first place. At the very worst, you can have a pen name that is significantly different than your real name. You don’t even have to go to a court house to make up a pen name—just start using it. Get the URL for it. You might be surprised or you might not be surprised at the number of authors who have a pen name that is significantly different than their real name. Think Mark Twain or George Eliot. There are many many more. In any case, the beginning of building web presence is to have a proper title and a proper name. When I write proper, I mean somewhat unique but not completely unique. We’ll move on tomorrow.

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 x162, It’s Finished, Internet Marketing

10 September 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x162, It’s Finished, Internet 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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of a novel:

  1. Design the initial scene
  2. Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
    1. Research as required
    2. Develop the initial setting
    3. Develop the characters
    4. Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
  3. Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
  4. Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
  5. Write the climax scene
  6. Write the falling action scene(s)
  7. Write the dénouement scene

I finished writing my 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.

Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.

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.

I’m moving to marketing my newest novel. Here is some basic information from the long and short form.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

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.

Genre:

Historical Suspense

In today’s world, the title might be the most important part of your novel. Titles are what separate you from every other novel. Perhaps in the future, a more complex method might become the separator, but for now, it is the title. Your title must be somewhat unique but not completely unique. If it is completely unique, you will never get a hit unless someone accidentally misspells their search or accidentally writes the title. If it is a common title, you will never be able to build sufficient web presence to separate yourself from the many other titles like yours.

Your goal is to show up at the top of searches for your name and your titles. Most perfectly, you would show up at the top of a title search. Secondarily, you want to show up at the top of a title and name search. Either is great.

You can test titles by making google searches for them. If you get a million hits, pick another title or vary it somehow. My title Centurion is not supper common. With my name it is pretty unique, plus I take my own advice, and a search for “Centurion Alford” will come up with my book at the very top. Make searches in google and on Amazon to evaluate titles. After a while, you will begin to discern how some titles are better than others. I’ll say it again. Many potential titles are already in use with many novels—these are too common.

When you select the URL for your title, you will want to keep this concept of searches on the internet in mind. Beyond this, I can only help you with the title. You need a somewhat unique title but not one that is completely unique. You want a title that makes a good URL. You would like a unique .com URL, if at all possible. The next step is building web presence.

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 x161, It’s Finished, Marketing

9 September 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x161, 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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of a novel:

  1. Design the initial scene
  2. Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
    1. Research as required
    2. Develop the initial setting
    3. Develop the characters
    4. Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
  3. Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
  4. Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
  5. Write the climax scene
  6. Write the falling action scene(s)
  7. Write the dénouement scene

I finished writing my 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.

Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.

Cover Proposal

 

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.

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.

I’m moving to marketing my newest novel. Here is some basic information from the long and short form.

Title of Work:

Deirdre: Enchantment and the School

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book

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.

Genre:

Historical Suspense

If you go to my website at www.ldalford.com and select new novels, you will see examples of websites I produced for my novels. You can also see websites I produced for my published novels. The only real difference is that you can purchase one but not the other. I haven’t developed a website for Deirdre yet. I will soon put one up. I’ll reuse or use one of my existing URLs for the website. I’ll also put links to this new novel from my main site.

I’m still a little irritated that the Microsoft extensions no longer are available on most (read all) providers. I used to be able to edit and work with pages on the web. Now I have to download the page, edit it and reload it. Or at least edit it and upload it. Plus the extensions don’t work well anymore. You have to play tricks all the time with the pages to make them show correctly. In any case, enough griping.

If you don’t know how to work with webpages, you need to learn or pay someone to do the work for you. It isn’t that difficult, but it does take some computer skills. I suspect you can get classes at most universities or community colleges. You can also teach yourself.

The first step is to host a site. Go Daddy is one such hosting company. There are many, but I use Go Daddy so I’m familiar with them. You log onto Go Daddy and get a URL and have them host it. There are other options, but to have them host your site is the best plan. I recommend your primary site be your name. For example, my primary site is www.AlfordHome.com. All the other sites are hosted under this URL. To be simple, all the other URLs are directories under this URL. I own about 40 URLs for different books and other reasons. If you can own your full name as a URL for your professional use, I advise it. For example, I own www.LionelAlford.com and www.LDAlford.com. One is my name, and the other is my writing name. I have written 29 novels. I used to immediately purchase the URL for the title of each novel I wrote. After changing the titles of a couple of novels due to my publisher’s recommendations, I decided not to purchase a URL until the novel was on contract with a specific title. If you only have one or just a few novels, why not own the titles if you can get them. I suggest purchasing the .com for the title, but that’s up to you, and what you can get.

In any case, get the www.title.com of your novel or some variant such as www.titlebook.com or www.titlenovel.com or www.titlestory.com. These should be available. If they aren’t it might mean your title is not specific enough, and that is another piece of advice altogether.

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 x160, It’s Finished, more Cover

8 September 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x160, It’s Finished, more Cover

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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of a novel:

  1. Design the initial scene
  2. Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
    1. Research as required
    2. Develop the initial setting
    3. Develop the characters
    4. Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
  3. Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
  4. Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
  5. Write the climax scene
  6. Write the falling action scene(s)
  7. Write the dénouement scene

I finished writing my 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.

Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.

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

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.

Genre:

Historical Suspense

A final part and one of the most enjoyable parts for me in creating marketing materials is to make a proposed cover. No matter who you are and no matter who your publisher is, one of the first things they will ask you after the contract is signed is for a proposed cover. They usually will send you to various stock photo sites to identify a few photos that relate to your novel. I suggest you make a mock-up of what you think your cover should look like and use it for marketing purposes. You will have to figure this out some time—why not now?

If you look at this blog, you will see at least one example of my cover proposals. I have Deirdre up at the moment. I’ll describe what I put on the proposed cover.

   Proposed Cover

Here are the basic requirements for a cover.

  1. Pick a color scheme. I chose green. If you notice, all the pictures have some degree of green in them. The center point of the cover is the green band.
  2. You need to place the title prominently. I likely need a more vibrant color for the title, but the split and the words on the green band give it a little mystery.
  3. You need to place “A Novel” somewhere. I’m not sure why publishers find this necessary, but it is a characteristic of most novels. This should be in a small text format.
  4. Place your nom de plume somewhere on the cover. L.D. Alford is my professional writing name. If you are a best seller, your name is in the largest font. If you are not a best seller, your name is smaller than the title.

Now, about the pictures and the artistic details:

  1. I already wrote that there is a color scheme—green. The colors of the fonts are matched for visibility. I likely need a darker or different font color for the title, but then again maybe not. It’s sufficient for a proposal. This is likely not the final cover—mainly because of the pictures. I’ll get into that.
  2. I chose a picture for Wycombe Abbey boarding school across the bottom. This is the setting for most of the novel—that fits, but I have no idea about the ownership of the picture. I make no attribution of ownership or claim to the photo. This is okay for a website, but not okay for a commercial book. For that, the publisher requires a clear title to any picture or art you use. Many photos and pieces of art are in the public domain, but the publisher needs a clear copyright to art and pictures before they go on your cover. This is why I mentioned that your publisher will want you to look through stock photos for matches to your work. I would do the same for this example, but I don’t want the stockphoto markings on it, and I don’t know which stock photo sites a publisher might want to use. A publisher has their preferred sites for cost and other agreements. They will likely require you to use these particular sites. If you are knowledgeable about such things, you might be able to provide your own art and pictures—you just have to be able to trace the ownership with official documentation.
  3. The top pictures are open source art of fairies. They are older pieces and shouldn’t have any copyright issues. Again, you have to prove the source and ownership before it can be printed on a cover. I selected these two pictures because they look rich and exotic. The characters in Deirdre are fun, but not normal girls. One has fae blood—thus the fae creature. The other is the daughter of a goddess—thus the rich and slightly supernatural seeming woman. I wanted to catch a bit of mystery and the supernatural. I put them at the top to contrast with the bottom picture. This way you have a somewhat supernatural theme over a school—exactly the feel I want in the cover.

Who knows what artistry your publisher will put into your cover? It may be as beautiful as the covers my publisher designs. Again, I provided an idea, and they let me have a say. In some cases, I didn’t get much choice, but I was very happy with the covers. In some cases, my publisher let me choose between covers. I felt like my publisher really was doing a great job to match the cover to the marketing strategy and the market. The point isn’t really to please the author, but rather the potential reader, market (same thing), and publisher (the one paying the bills). If you want to design your cover, you need to self-publish. The best you can do with a regular publisher is to provide a proposal.

Don’t ever forget, the proposed cover also allows you to market your novel to prospective publishers through the internet.

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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