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Friday, January 30, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 295, Other Information, Marketing Materials

30 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 295, Other Information, Marketing Materials

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, 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 beginning with

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, visit my writing website and select "production schedule," you will be sent to

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I'll make a slight digression because I'm developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer
Cover Propsal
Before you can market a novel to the public, you have to market it to publishers or potential publishes.  This means you need to develop materials to market your novel.  These marketing materials can be used when the book is published.  We've already looked at two main pieces used in marketing: the title and the book cover proposal.  These are necessary for a web design, and they are also necessary for a publisher.  You can live without a cover proposal for a while, but you need a title right away.

The next step is to build the marketing information you will use to present your novel to publishers and to the public. Here is an outline:

Title of Work:

Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer

Author(s) Name:

L. D. Alford

Type: Either Screenplay or Book


Length: Either # of words for books, or # of pages for screenplays

105,300 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Washington State, Tacoma, Spanaway, Seattle, Computer, Pacific Lutheran University, Hacker, goddess, sushi, Redemption, kami, Japan, Shinto, torii, Shrine, engineering, math; will fascinate anyone interested in the spiritual, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.


Fiction Suspense
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis:  Approximately 500 Words
Concept of the Work:  Approximately 250 Words

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.


Other Information:  If you have more work, a website, anything interesting and professional, especially any awards or recognition.

Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire, a British agent accidentally becomes involved with a vampire.  

Khione: Enchantment and the Fox, a graduate student discovers a demigoddess in modern Boston.

Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon, a Russian princess calls a demon to protect her family.

Dana-ana: Enchantment of the Maiden, the mystery of Dana-ana Goewyn.

Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth, the misadventure of archeologists in modern Greece.

Antebellum the mystery of a house that has been missing since the American Civil War and the girl who is called to it.

The Second Mission is a historical fiction novel about ancient Greece published in 2003 by Xulon.

Centurion published January 2008 and Aegypt also published in January 2008 are historical fiction novels from OakTara Fiction

The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox is a science fiction series published by OakTara Fiction

            The End of Honor (published, July 2008)

            The Fox’s Honor (published Oct 2008)

            A Season of Honor (published Nov 2008)

Ancient Light is a suspense series published by Broadstreet, Eleutheria, September 2014 in a three-in-one

            Aegypt (second edition published by OakTara Fiction, 2014)

            Sister of Light (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014)

            Sister of Darkness (published by OakTara Fiction, 2014)

More information is available at   
L.D. Alford has more than 40 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar.  His military aviation writing is featured as Military Aviation Adventures on  
Reviewer’s quotes.

Registration: WGA, ISBN, or Library of Congress, Write the number.


The publisher wants this information (if it exists) so they can look up the novel (book) and see it's copyright history.  This isn't necessary for your novel, but if you have it, the publisher wants it.  Enough of that.

Other information is a very important part of the marketing material.  Your author information told the publisher a little about you--what the publisher wants to know is your writing and publishing history.  If you have none, don't be afraid to say so.  If you have written other works and novels, here is the place to tell a publisher.  If you write a blog, that is great information for a publisher.  I didn't include my blogging information--I thought there was enough.  I wanted to excite a potential publisher with the breadth and scope of my writing.  I wanted them to have a taste of my experience.  Other information potentially gives a publisher other places to look at your writing and your experience with writing.  This is why this is the place for all things web related.  Note that every entry has a website attached to it.  A potential publisher can go out on the web to see my other writing.  If they don't see something that interested them in the "other" list, they might see something on the web that excites them.

You should also note that my "other information" includes multiple websites.  If you don't have a website,  you need to get at least one.  You can get a free website from many places.  You can get your own dot com site from Go Daddy or other web hosting companies.  If you don't have a website now, get one right away.  Put your ideas, writing, and information out there.  See my websites for ideas and information.

At this point everything I'm doing with and for this work is about marketing to a publisher and building a website.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site, and my individual novel websites:

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