27 October 2011, Marketing - more Acceptance
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: When your novel is accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter or email. That communication will outline the reasons the publisher likes your novel. From their letter, it will be obvious they have read and made notes on your book. The publisher will tell you all kinds of good things about your novel. First, because they want you to sign a contract with them--they like your novel. Second, because they really do like your novel, or they wouldn't have sent a letter. As I mentioned, the letter will usually include some suggestions for improvements to the novel, and instructions for the next step. I might have a contract already attached to it.
If you receive a contract, read it carefully. You might want to have your lawyer look at it. That contract will obligate you to whatever the publisher has stipulated--unless you negotiate a change. I already mentioned generally what you can expect from a publishing contract.
Now, if you accept the contract, sign it and mail it to the publisher. That's the beginning of the publishing process.
Tomorrow, what next?
I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.