3 November 2011, Publication - more Information, Cover Back and Spine
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: To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
Covers are not just about the front. You usually don't get to this point until the book is almost completely ready for publication, but the spine and back of the cover also require design. This is where the teasers you developed for the long and short forms come into play. You already have some ready teasers and informative sentences to begin to write the back cover.
The spine is a label and size point, but your publisher will usually ask you. You will get to see the completed cover at some point. At that time, you can review the front, spine, and back.
By the way, you know things are cooking on your book when you see a cover.
Tomorrow, the manuscript.
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/.