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Monday, September 19, 2011

Marketing Materials - A Marketing Website, Contracts

19 September 2011, Marketing Materials - A Marketing Website, Contracts

Introduction: I realized that I need to introduce this blog a little.  I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon.  The working title was Daemon, and this was my 21st novel.  Over the last year, 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.

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.  At this moment, I'm showing you the marketing material I put together for a novel.

Today's Blog:  Your novel's website begins life as a marketing website.  You want to give prospective publishers a place to go to get information on your book and you'd like to begin building a web presence. 

When the novel is placed on contract by a publisher, you can use the marketing website to track the steps through the publication process.  I've done just that for my two novels under contract and  You can see, I've added information to the top of the marketing page.

I put this information up so I could track the publication of the novel and to give other authors an opportunity to see the details and the time involved in getting a novel published by a publisher.  You might find this information useful.  Since I've been through the publication of six novels, I've figured out the steps, but I haven't tracked them in this detail before. 

I mentioned there are secret pages (they really aren't that secret) on each of my novel's websites.  I'll move this information to the secrets pages after the novel is published.  I also put some of the notes I used in writing the novel on the secrets pages and some of the blogs.

I'll talk more about secrets pages tomorrow.

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