7 October 2011, Marketing - to Publishers even more Electronic book Sales
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: The rise of electronic books has resulted in literally free publication. Numerous Internet companies will allow you to upload and sell your book without any professional editing or publisher. Many of these companies make their profits from providing services such as editing, marketing, formatting, etc. for indie authors. Many take advantage of the free publishing without taking advantage of the services that are usually necessary for the publication of a worthwhile novel.
That is not to say, you can't find a diamond in the rough, but there are a lot of lumps of coal out there and few diamonds. The main reason is that many novels are getting published without the benefit of professional or sometimes any independent editing, prepublication readers, or prepublication marketplace competition. That doesn't mean these works can't be good, but the potential for reaching any level of adequacy is low. If you recognize that it usually takes an author one million words to reach any level of competence, the first efforts of an indie can cause more harm to the new author than you might imagine.
I'll expand on that tomorrow.
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/.