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/.
I wrote in detail about how to make a book trailer yesterday. Today, I'll give you some ideas about what to put in your script. Here is the script I used for Aegypt. I should put one together for Aksinya. Perhaps I will and share it with you later.
This script gives the basic information about the novel plus a little on why it is a special book.
In the Tomb of Darkness and Light
I study an era by reading every primary source document I can find from the time period. Then I begin researching strong scholarly works on the subject. I studied about a year before I began to write Aegypt.
When the world was young, people believed in all kinds of gods and goddesses. In the novel Aegypt, I ask the question what would happen if modern people came face to face with a real goddess.
The characters grew out of this question. You have the pragmatist, Paul Bolang. He is a military man, a no nonsense leader. He believes what he sees and knows it for what it is. You have the archeologists Mr. Audrey, Monsieur. Perrain, and Mr. Williams. Audrey is a modern scientist, he doesn’t believe in anything he can’t understand. Perrain is a secular politician. He follows to the letter the current agreement of general human thought. And Williams is driven by the work. If it isn’t a normal part of his work it can’t be real.
So these are the men who open an ancient Egyptian tomb and find a mystery over 4000 years old—the goddess of light and her sister, the goddess of darkness. Paul Bolang believes. He finds the goddess of light who was released from the first tomb when it was opened. She is gentle and beautiful, but also powerful. Now he must stop the archeologists who want to open the second tomb—the tomb of the goddess of darkness. The goddess of darkness is malevolent. She is driven by a desire for power and to control the lives of others.
Aegypt opens up the ancient world for your observation. Will you be a realist like Paul Bolang or will the Goddess of Darkness catch you unawares.
You can see this in the secrets page for Aegypt at http://www.aegyptnovel.com/.
I'll give you more details on marketing 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/.