13 November 2011, Publication - Printing and Waiting
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/.
When your publisher tells you the novel has gone to print, now is the time to wait and for the magic to happen. It really does take a while. If the book is electronically published, the first indication will be that it will show up on amazon one day. Amazon isn't necessarily the first place your novel will show up, so check the other big sellers. Usually, the novel will appear without a cover. Sometimes it takes a while for the writeup on the novel to show. I'm not sure why this takes time, but it does. Slowly, everything gets populated.
The moment your book appears, it is time to get to work. First, you need to go to the "author central" for each large book seller and begin to populate the information about your novel. You need to repost your blogs on the "author central" sites. You need to make connections through online book groups and market your novel.
There are many other steps you can do. I'll get to 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/.