13 January 2012, Publication - General Internet Interviews Information
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.
13. Book signings.
14. Book trailers
You can be interviewed for print media, for radio, for TV, on blogs, Internet general, character interviews, trailers just to name a few.
Before we move on to character interviews, let's get a little into the information you should provide to the sites I mentioned yesterday. Do you remember the advertising information I developed for Aksinya? It included an author bio, a long and short synopsis of the novel, teasers, and other information. These provide a wealth of information for me to draw from to describe myself and my novel. When you create it for your novel, it becomes a wealth of information about you and your novel. Use this information. If you want details look back through these blog entries for the information to put together for a new novel. You can use this information to advertise and sell your novel anywhere--that's why I put it together immediately after the novel is finished. Remember, the first job is to sell your novel to a publisher.
Also, to repeat the point, in every sense, in talking about interviews and interview questions about your book, the source of primeval information is the synopsis and author bio you created at the beginning. That's why those are so important. They keep you on track and they keep your information on your novel on track. I will repeat, but I can't emphasize much more how important this information is. So, once you are done writing the novel, it is time to write this information on your novel.
We'll move on to character interviews, 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/.