21 September 2011, Marketing Materials - A Marketing Website, more Secrets
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: I'm writing today about the secrets page(s) on your novel's website. You don't have to have secrets page(s), but they sure can be a draw. One of my novel's secret pages gets more hits than the regular page--that's because it is a secrets page.
So, what goes on a secrets page? I've already given you some ideas. You can find my novels and their secrets pages through http://www.ldalford.com/ or the individual novels websites. Every one of my novels has their own website--yours should too.
If you look at my secrets pages, you can see what I have filled them with. I've put up the original cover ideas: my proposals, the publisher's proposals, and the final--plus some info on the cover. I've included some of my notes, pictures, maps, diagrams. On some secrets pages, I've given details on why I wrote the novel and the theme. I've also show how I went about putting the novel together. There is much more information I could include. In general, a secrets page is a place your readers and future readers can go to find more information on your novel. By the way, when I give a class on one of my novels or about the history in one of my novels, I also put the slide set on the secrets page.
So put up a secrets page. Tomorrow, I'll give you more information about what can go on your marketing page after your book is published.