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: If you go to my writing website www.ldalford.com and select "production schedule," you will be sent to www.SisterofLight.com where there is a record and list of the steps in the publishing process. Here's what that process looks like:
Steps in the publication process:
ü Proposal with novel information and synopsis sent to publisher - 3 June 2008
This novel was odd because the publisher requested a sequel and therefore knew it was coming. Generally, the publisher wants information and a synopsis in their format prior to receiving the manuscript.
ü Manuscript sent to publisher - 3 June 2008, 10 January 2009, 8 October 2009ü OakTara agreed to contract the Novel - 11 June 2008
ü OakTara sent a contract - 20 July 2008
ü Contract signed and returned - 22 July 2008
Cover - will move to the author page when I have an initial cover, this section and info will also move to the secrets page with a cover.
Request from publisher for cover ideas - when I finish a novel, I develop a title (if I haven't already), produce the marketing information and synopsis (usually a 500 and 250 word synopsis), and work on a cover concept. I have one in mind for this novel, but it is a take off on the original cover for Aegypt.
Publisher's recommended covers
Final front cover development
Development of cover back
Final entire cover
Cover spine sized for book
ü Manuscript sent to publisher - 3 June 2008, 10 January 2009, 8 October 2009
Proofs sent from publisher
Proof corrections to publisher
Final sent from publisher
Publisher sends completed novel portfolio to press
- copies in hand
Tomorrow, I'll start to write about these steps?
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/.