2 December 2011, Publication - Author Central, Conclusions
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/.
If your books are listed on Amazon, you need to be on Author Central--that's a joke. If your books are not on Amazon, there is something very fishy going on. Get your pass into Author Central and, at least, begin to update and populate the information on your books.
You might take a look at the Amazon Associate's program. That will also help you market your books.
My conclusion is this, if you aren't working with Author Central, you aren't taking advantage of many features available to you for free. There are some other venues for you to advertise your books and get information out into the marketplace, but few are as powerful and well placed as Author Central. I'm not selling anything here, just telling you what is available.
Tomorrow, let's look at some other information sites and places to advertise your books.
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/.