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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Marketing Materials - A Marketing Website, more Secrets

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 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.

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