So, what follows is what I call the long form. I go through this for every book I write. This form includes all the information you need to approach a publisher or agent. You can modify this to use it as a cover letter. It can be used anywhere to explain and advertise your novel. You can hand it out to prospective publishers or agents. I use the information for the novel's website. My publisher has used this information for my author bio in my books and to help write the back and inside cover information.
Once you have this basic information, you can write a shorter synopsis from it, and you can write a shorter bio. Everything in marketing, that you have to write, becomes easier if you have produced this basic information on your book. Bear in mind that you should review and rewrite this as much as you review and rewrite your novel.
The complete long form information for Aksinya:
Title of Work:
Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon
L. D. Alford
Type: Either Screenplay or Book
Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays
Keywords and Market Focus:
Fiction, Russia, Austria, 1918, Wien, Vienna, Daemon, Demon, Aksinya, Asmodeus, Catholic Church, Sorcery, Travel, Orthodox Church, Russian Revolution, WWI, temptation, desire, convent, nobility, Countess, aristocracy, languages, Latin, Greek, German, French, contract, evil, Tobit
Will fascinate anyone interested in sorcery, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words
The finest escape 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 and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from
Synopsis: Approximately 500 Words
In November 1918, Lady Aksinya Andreiovna Golitsyna called the demon Asmodeus to protect her noble family from the Bolsheviks. At the time,
was in the middle of a revolution and a civil war. The aristocracy was at risk every moment from rapine and murder. Aksinya conjured a demon to protect her family, but she was too late. When Aksinya and Asmodeus arrived at the estate, her father and mother, brother and sister were already dead. She became the Countess of Golitsyna because no one else remained alive. Aksinya was left in a very trying situation: she had conjured a demon, whose only purpose was to aid her in accomplishing evil, but Aksinya didn’t desire to accomplish evil—she only wanted to protect her family and now, they were all dead. Russia
Aksinya was unfortunately well trained to accomplish evil. She was a sorceress and a powerful one. At every turn, the demon, Asmodeus tempts Aksinya through her sorcery to evil. Aksinya has other problems as well. With the demon at her side, the world for Aksinya becomes one of repeated temptation and fall. The demon tempts her to call a servant, the Lady Natalya. He tempts her to travel to
and to her relatives there. He tempts her to sorcery at every turn. He tempts her to take a lover. Each of the temptations drives her deeper and deeper into the depths of evil and despair. Wien, Austria
Aksinya isn’t passive in her resistance, but she has few tools and fewer chances to fight against Asmodeus. Plus, she doesn’t want to fight his temptation—that is the nature of temptation. She desires sorcery. She desires noble and aristocratic possessions. She desires control, and the demon gives her all these things.
What Aksinya doesn’t realize is that Asmodeus’ purpose is not for her good at all, only for evil. His purpose is to tempt her into destruction, and her destruction will result in the end of her friends, acquaintances, and relatives. The demon plans a much greater end to everything in Aksinya’s life than she could ever imagine.
Aksinya wishes to be free from the demon, and she will give up almost everything to achieve that goal. Will she be able to gain her freedom and will she be able to face the results of that freedom?
Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.
Other Information: If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.
Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon www.AksinyaNovel.com.
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The Second Mission www.TheSecondMission is a historical fiction novel about ancient
published in 2003 by Xulon. Greece
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
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.
Aksinya is a woman driven to control her world, but she is caught in the web of control of the demon, Asmodeus.
A super tense novel about temptation and redemption: Aksinya loses her family, her freedom, and her inheritance—she gains a contact with the demon, Asmodeus.
This novel is about a kind of anti-Faust. Instead of an evil person who contracts a demon to accomplish evil, Aksinya contracts a demon to save her family—unfortunately, she is too late, and the demon’s desire to do evil won’t be put off.
Short form information:
1. No more than 3 sentences about the content of your manuscript.
2. One sentence about successful works similar to yours.
3. No more than 2 sentences about yourself. (use 3rd person)
4. No more than 2 sentences that include “other,” i.e. any reasons, relationships, or other factors that might make your work more attractive.
Tomorrow, we'll look at the short form with commentary.