4 February 2012, Publication - more on Book Signings
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
Where should you sign a book? The usual place is inside the cover on the title page. The title page is the very first page in the book. I don't sign the title page--I sign the dedications page. There is a reason for this. First, the dedication is for the entire book. It's basically a throwaway page, but it is where the author makes his official declaratory statements for dedicating the book. Plus there is lots of room on that page. The title page usually has some space, but not a whole lot. Everyone uses the title page. When someone writes their name in a book--it's usually on the title page. When someone signs a book as a gift (not the author)--it's usually on the title page. I use the dedication page. If you buy one of my used novels and you find a signature on the dedication page--it will be mine.
What should you write? I'll write about 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/.