4 December 2011, Publication - more Other Places
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/.
Many times your publisher has selling agreements with booksellers. These agreements can be with Internet, electronic, and/or brick and mortar (bookstore) sellers. My publisher has agreements with CBD (Christian Book Distributors) www.CBD.com for Internet sales, Family Audio Library www.familyaudiolibrary.com for electronic books, and Ingram for brick and mortar sales. That doesn't mean you can't get my books at other Internet and electronic sources. In fact, you can get my books in any electronic format and from almost every Internet seller. It means you can get discounts from the companies my publisher has agreements with. Ingram is the largest brick and mortar distributor in the world, which means, if you are a bookstore, you can stock my books just like any other books. I wrote about that before--it's not that great a deal for your publisher, but it's their risk. If you are an indie, you usually can't get books into a brick and mortar store or you take all the risk for returns.
Back to the point. If your publisher has agreements with any kind of sellers, spend a little extra time on their site. Fill in everything. Provide any information that site needs or requests. The point is to support your publisher and to support those companies that support your publisher.
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/.