14 December 2011, Publication - Advertising Ideas, Blogging
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.
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/.
Here is the list of ideas for advertising--there are more and I'll add to the list as we go along. I'm certainly not an expert in all these, but I've dabbled in all of them. I'll try to relate my experience and the degree of that experience to you.
1. Have a website for your novel.
2. Write a blog.
4. Literary awards.
5. Book cards.
8. Blog tours.
9. Press releases.
10. Speaking and teaching.
My publisher recommended to all their authors to blog. So, I blog. I would blog anyway. I already did blog before my publisher asked all their writers to blog. My aviation blog can be found on my author http://www.ldalford.com/ and professional http://www.lionelalford.com/ websites and you can also get to it from http://www.wingsoverkansas.com/. I also blogged on writing. You can find that on my writing secrets page at my author website.
I blog about writing. I guess I know something about writing. I have 21 written novels and 6 published novels. I have over 40 professional technical articles in in international press. I write professionally for my work and professionally about my novels. I know something about writing, so I blog about writing. I hope my blogging can help you become a better writer. At least I can help you make fewer mistakes than I have.
I'll write more about blogging 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/.