16 October 2011, Marketing - to Publishers even more Electronic Press
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 point I am making about electronic books is that if you self publish (especailly if you do it on your own with a free service) you must do everything to make your books appear like a carefully designed and published work.
Take a look at electronically published books. Those that are published by a regular publishing house look like finished books. Their pages are crafted and designed and look professional. In the development of a book, the whole isn't just the editing, the writing, and etc. The whole of a professional book is the quality of the overall work. A professional publisher makes the work have this finished look. That is something you must strive for in your works. If you insist on self publishing electronically (or in any way), you need to be sensitive to this fact. You need to make your electronically published book look as much like a professionally published work as you can. This won't guarantee success, but it certainly can't hurt.
More tomorrow about 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/.