19 October 2011, Marketing - to Publishers Electronic Press Dingbats
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: Let's talk about illustrations and dingbats. First, dingbats are not your mother-in-law but they are similar to the stuff you find in fonts called variously, dingbats, wingdings, etc. Not that long ago, a scene demarcation in a novel, was indicated by a double break. This is commonly used in manuscripts and can be found in some published works. In general, to save space and to make a stronger demarcation, publishers began using three asterisks to note a double break. Today, most publishers use a dingbat to denote a double break. What is a dingbat? If you look at my novels, you will see examples. My publisher is very up on these things, they provided specially designed and chosen dingbats for each of my novels. I proposed and provided the dingbats for my Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox series--my daughter designed them (she is an excellent artist).
The main point here is that for double space breaks, you need a dingbat. The dingbat should be the same through a chapter or a novel--there is a lot of latitude here. I recommend only one per novel. The trick is that you can and should design your own. Illustrations are similar. By the way, if you don't know what a double space break is all about--keep reading this blog, I'll get to it.
What kind of dingbat will I want to use in Aksinya? That is a great question. Perhaps a scroll or a small demon. A pentegram might be the right touch. I want my daughter to make a series of about five to seven drawing for the novel. Perhaps she might draw a dingbat that really reflects the story.
More tomorrow about illustrations in published and electronically published books.
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/.