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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 294, Concept of the Work, Marketing Materials

29 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 294, Concept of the Work, 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 www.ancientlight.com.  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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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

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.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense
 
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

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

The concept behind Lilly is to present an intercultural message about spiritual ideas especially forgiveness.  Lilly and Dane are both Christians.  Lilly is stronger than Dane.  They encounter a miraculous situation where a Japanese kami, god, endues Lilly with his power.  The kami knows and worships God (Kami-sama in Japanese terms).  The concept of the world is that the gods of the past still exist and they have either chosen to accept God and His Son or reject God and His Son.

The primary theme is that God uses a culture’s own ideas about the spiritual to enact his power and will—thus a church in Japan and a church in Britain use different symbols and cultural concepts to worship the same God.  This is extrapolated through Shintoism.  The novel also depicts Japanese cultural concepts.

A secondary theme is forgiveness.  Lilly has an abusive mother and no father.  One of the primary ideas is reconciliation concerning a person who is not repentant.  Lilly broke laws and stole to survive—she finds ways to repent and reconcile.  Lilly and Dane are physically attacked—Lilly insists the attackers repent and reconcile before they are forgiven.

Another secondary theme is marriage and sex before marriage.  Lilly’s change to the mind of a kami comes with ancient baggage.  She desires Dane.  The novel shows the man acting in a responsible way to seductive enticements.  
 
     The novel also shows a functional family with slightly dysfunctional parents, and contrasts Lilly’s abusive upbringing with Dane’s more normal upbringing.

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.
 
Reviewer’s quotes.

I have never written a "concept of the work" section for a novel before.  I don't think I would share this with a publisher--I do put this kind of information on my "secrets" pages for a novel.  Why share it here?  I thought you might be interested.  This is really an expanded theme statement that says what the author really wanted to convey in the novel.  I thought that this (when the marketing materials were written) would be a good time to put the concept of the work on paper.

This really is secret information.  There is no reason for the reader or the publisher to know it.  In the novel, the ideas of contrasting the Christian concept of God and the Japanese concept of Kami and Kami-sama are at the forefront.  They are treated in a direct but subtle way.  Why wouldn't two Catholics wonder about the concepts of the Kami when one of them becomes a kami and the other a kannushi (Shinto priest).  About 80% of USA Americans and a higher percentage of other Americans are Christian or believe in God.  Most of those are Christians.  The fact that most authors ignore religions and especially Christianity is silly to me.  How can you ignore something that is important to 80% of your audience?  Spiritual concepts and ideas are important to people--just look at how they flocked to Harry Potter or to the numerous shiny Vampire novels.  These are fundamentally about the spiritual and intentionally exclude religion.  Kinda strange, isn't it?   

I decided I would write about the concept of the work while it was fresh in my mind.  This isn't necessary and it isn't needed--except for your secret pages or your readers information-- not in the novel.  I just thought you might like to see it.  I used in in putting together my webpages.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 293, Closing Synopsis, Marketing Materials

28 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 293, Closing Synopsis, 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 www.ancientlight.com.  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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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

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.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense
 
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis:  Approximately 500 Words

     Dane Vale saw the girl come into FastMart about once a week.  She was filthy and always looked hungry.  She bought food, not with dollars, but with FastMart bucks you earned from purchases at the convenience store.  She always used a different account and phone number, but because her password was correct, he didn’t think much of it.  That changed when she used the phone number and password of another customer in line.  Dane had to rescue her.  That was Dane’s introduction to Lilly Lin Grant.

Lilly Lin was a genius.  She was only sixteen, but had a full ride scholarship to his University.  It oddly didn’t include room and board.  For some reason, she suddenly was signed up for every advanced level class Dane was in.  For some reason, she followed him everywhere he went on campus.  Dane’s sister, Phelia, said Lilly was infatuated with Dane.  He didn’t know much about women at all—he couldn’t understand why the genius, Lilly Lin wanted to hang around with him.

      There was much more to Lilly Lin than met the eye.  She could hack as easily as a person could type.  She wrote software at the assembly code level.  She made her own operating system and tricked out her junk laptop.  Dane traded Lilly three squares for her operating system, computer enhancements, and her class notes.  She shared her Spartan meals with an old homeless Japanese man.  Since Dane helped Lilly get a job at the FastMart and fed her, he was suddenly part of Lilly’s gift of offerings.  The old man appeared in the evening near a Shinto torii that Dane could never find without Lilly or during the day.  Dane wasn’t certain if the man or the torii really existed.
      The old man invited Lilly and Dane through the torii—they entered a Shinto shrine that could not be part of the world in Seattle.  The old man claimed to be a Japanese kami, the Japanese god of metal.  He was tired of existence and confused by the modern world.  He had brought his shrine to Seattle because he hoped to find purpose in a new place, but there he only found unbelief and a young woman who would bring him offerings.  He wanted Lilly to assume his duties as kami and Dane to become the kannushi, the priest of the shrine.
       Dane and Lilly found themselves in possession of a Shinto shrine.  Lilly discovered she had powers over metal.  Dane was responsible for the shrine itself.         The old kami was gone, but Lilly and Dane now face the pantheon of Japanese gods and goddesses who are skeptical of a human made a goddess with her inexperienced kannushi.  They must use their new-found powers to keep the shrine successful and purposeful in spite of its place.  Dane must also contend with Lilly who is infatuated with him and now endued with memories and ideas from a different culture.  He was struggling with her attention before—now she demands much more from him.
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.
 
Reviewer’s quotes.

With a synopsis, your first job is to impress the publisher.  The second step is to impress the potential reader.  The publisher is harder than the average reader.  Because it is so important, we'll get a little more in depth about writing a synopsis.

Introduce the characters and the plot, give the reader (publisher) something to get them excited, then close the deal with a promise of more to come.  The closure doesn't need to give away the climax--it doesn't need to complete the plot--it needs to promise the reader that if they continue to read the novel, they won't be disappointed.  You want a publisher to be interested enough to read the novel.  Once the novel is published, you want a potential reader to pick up the novel and give it a test drive.  The closure isn't the most important part of the synopsis, but it is your last chance to sell your novel.

Building a good closure is like crafting a good end to a novel--complete the plot, but promise more.  Finish the synopsis but promise more.  The promise more is very important.  As I mentioned, the synopsis should excite, the closing should entice.  Look at the last paragraph of my synopsis for Lilly:

The old kami was gone, but Lilly and Dane now face the pantheon of Japanese gods and goddesses who are skeptical of a human made a goddess with her inexperienced kannushi.  They must use their new-found powers to keep the shrine successful and purposeful in spite of its place.  Dane must also contend with Lilly who is infatuated with him and now endued with memories and ideas from a different culture.  He was struggling with her attention before—now she demands much more from him.

The closure tells the reader that Lilly and Dane must contend with the Japanese pantheon.  It tells the reader that they must make their shrine successful.  Finally, it leaves a tantalizing glimpse of the problems Lilly is causing Dane.  There is much more to the plot and the novel than the synopsis covers.  This will build mystery and interest in the reader.  Perhaps the publisher will be intrigued enough to read the novel--a potential reader might pick it up and read the first page.  That's the best you can hope for.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 292, Plot Synopsis, Marketing Materials

27 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 292, Plot Synopsis, 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 www.ancientlight.com.  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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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

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.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense
 
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis:  Approximately 500 Words

     Dane Vale saw the girl come into FastMart about once a week.  She was filthy and always looked hungry.  She bought food, not with dollars, but with FastMart bucks you earned from purchases at the convenience store.  She always used a different account and phone number, but because her password was correct, he didn’t think much of it.  That changed when she used the phone number and password of another customer in line.  Dane had to rescue her.  That was Dane’s introduction to Lilly Lin Grant.

Lilly Lin was a genius.  She was only sixteen, but had a full ride scholarship to his University.  It oddly didn’t include room and board.  For some reason, she suddenly was signed up for every advanced level class Dane was in.  For some reason, she followed him everywhere he went on campus.  Dane’s sister, Phelia, said Lilly was infatuated with Dane.  He didn’t know much about women at all—he couldn’t understand why the genius, Lilly Lin wanted to hang around with him.

      There was much more to Lilly Lin than met the eye.  She could hack as easily as a person could type.  She wrote software at the assembly code level.  She made her own operating system and tricked out her junk laptop.  Dane traded Lilly three squares for her operating system, computer enhancements, and her class notes.  She shared her Spartan meals with an old homeless Japanese man.  Since Dane helped Lilly get a job at the FastMart and fed her, he was suddenly part of Lilly’s gift of offerings.  The old man appeared in the evening near a Shinto torii that Dane could never find without Lilly or during the day.  Dane wasn’t certain if the man or the torii really existed.


The old man invited Lilly and Dane through the torii—they entered a Shinto shrine that could not be part of the world in Seattle.  The old man claimed to be a Japanese kami, the Japanese god of metal.  He was tired of existence and confused by the modern world.  He had brought his shrine to Seattle because he hoped to find purpose in a new place, but there he only found unbelief and a young woman who would bring him offerings.  He wanted Lilly to assume his duties as kami and Dane to become the kannushi, the priest of the shrine.


Dane and Lilly found themselves in possession of a Shinto shrine.  Lilly discovered she had powers over metal.  Dane was responsible for the shrine itself. 
The old kami was gone, but Lilly and Dane now face the pantheon of Japanese gods and goddesses who are skeptical of a human made a goddess with her inexperienced kannushi.  They must use their new-found powers to keep the shrine successful and purposeful in spite of its place.  Dane must also contend with Lilly who is infatuated with him and now endued with memories and ideas from a different culture.  He was struggling with her attention before—now she demands much more from him.

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.
 
Reviewer’s quotes.

With a synopsis, your first job is to impress the publisher.  The second step is to impress the potential reader.  The publisher is harder than the average reader.  Because it is so important, we'll get a little more in depth about writing a synopsis.

Once you introduce the characters and the setting, you need to hit the high points of the plot.  The trick is to give your characters and plot an introduction in the first paragraph and touch on the main points of the plot in the rest of the synopsis.  Don't digress.  Don't attempt to tell everything in your novel.  You are telling, but you want to do a little showing. 

Do you remember the rule: show and don't tell?  A synopsis is all about telling.  This is the way you do it.  You can't make a synopsis without telling.  Now you can use your storytelling skills.  A novelist and a story teller are too different creatures.  A novelist shows just like a playwright shows--a storyteller, tells.  A good storyteller may not be a good novelist.  In fact, writing a novel is not telling a story at all--writing  synopsis is telling a story. 

In a novel, I reveal characters through narration and conversation--in telling a story, I reveal a plot by telling the events.  These are completely different ways of conveying a plot and a theme.  You write a synopsis by telling the events of the main part of the plot.  Closing the plot is also a critical part of crafting a synopsis.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 291, more Synopsis, Marketing Materials

26 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 291, more Synopsis, 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 www.ancientlight.com.  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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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

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.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense
 
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis:  Approximately 500 Words

     Dane Vale saw the girl come into FastMart about once a week.  She was filthy and always looked hungry.  She bought food, not with dollars, but with FastMart bucks you earned from purchases at the convenience store.  She always used a different account and phone number, but because her password was correct, he didn’t think much of it.  That changed when she used the phone number and password of another customer in line.  Dane had to rescue her.  That was Dane’s introduction to Lilly Lin Grant.
Lilly Lin was a genius.  She was only sixteen, but had a full ride scholarship to his University.  It oddly didn’t include room and board.  For some reason, she suddenly was signed up for every advanced level class Dane was in.  For some reason, she followed him everywhere he went on campus.  Dane’s sister, Phelia, said Lilly was infatuated with Dane.  He didn’t know much about women at all—he couldn’t understand why the genius, Lilly Lin wanted to hang around with him.



There was much more to Lilly Lin than met the eye.  She could hack as easily as a person could type.  She wrote software at the assembly code level.  She made her own operating system and tricked out her junk laptop.  Dane traded Lilly three squares for her operating system, computer enhancements, and her class notes.  She shared her Spartan meals with an old homeless Japanese man.  Since Dane helped Lilly get a job at the FastMart and fed her, he was suddenly part of Lilly’s gift of offerings.  The old man appeared in the evening near a Shinto torii that Dane could never find without Lilly or during the day.  Dane wasn’t certain if the man or the torii really existed.


The old man invited Lilly and Dane through the torii—they entered a Shinto shrine that could not be part of the world in Seattle.  The old man claimed to be a Japanese kami, the Japanese god of metal.  He was tired of existence and confused by the modern world.  He had brought his shrine to Seattle because he hoped to find purpose in a new place, but there he only found unbelief and a young woman who would bring him offerings.  He wanted Lilly to assume his duties as kami and Dane to become the kannushi, the priest of the shrine.


Dane and Lilly found themselves in possession of a Shinto shrine.  Lilly discovered she had powers over metal.  Dane was responsible for the shrine itself. 
The old kami was gone, but Lilly and Dane now face the pantheon of Japanese gods and goddesses who are skeptical of a human made a goddess with her inexperienced kannushi.  They must use their new-found powers to keep the shrine successful and purposeful in spite of its place.  Dane must also contend with Lilly who is infatuated with him and now endued with memories and ideas from a different culture.  He was struggling with her attention before—now she demands much more from him.

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.
 
Reviewer’s quotes.

With a synopsis, your first job is to impress the publisher.  The second step is to impress the potential reader.  The publisher is harder than the average reader.  Because it is so important, we'll get a little more in depth about writing a synopsis.

The trick of writing a synopsis is to focus on the most important points about the characters, the plot, and the theme of your novel--then you weld them into a short, pithy, and creative piece of writing.  Once you have a 500 word synopsis, you can write a 250 word synopsis and a 100 word synopsis, etc.  The point is that this is a necessary part of novel writing and of writing your marketing materials.  Even if you intend to self-publish, you need a synopsis for your back cover, your website, and your press release.  Whatever you do, don't neglect the synopsis.

 Start your writing of the synopsis with the characters.  The most important and hopefully the most exciting scene in your novel is the first scene.  That first scene should be the meeting or first interaction of the protagonist, antagonist, or protagonist's helper.  The first scene can be the initial focus of your synopsis.  In the example above, I started with that scene and that introduction of the protagonist and the protagonist's helper.  Next is the plot.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 290, Synopsis, Marketing Materials

25 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 290, Synopsis, 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 www.ancientlight.com.  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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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

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.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense
 
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

Synopsis:  Approximately 500 Words

     Dane Vale saw the girl come into FastMart about once a week.  She was filthy and always looked hungry.  She bought food, not with dollars, but with FastMart bucks you earned from purchases at the convenience store.  She always used a different account and phone number, but because her password was correct, he didn’t think much of it.  That changed when she used the phone number and password of another customer in line.  Dane had to rescue her.  That was Dane’s introduction to Lilly Lin Grant.

Lilly Lin was a genius.  She was only sixteen, but had a full ride scholarship to his University.  It oddly didn’t include room and board.  For some reason, she suddenly was signed up for every advanced level class Dane was in.  For some reason, she followed him everywhere he went on campus.  Dane’s sister, Phelia, said Lilly was infatuated with Dane.  He didn’t know much about women at all—he couldn’t understand why the genius, Lilly Lin wanted to hang around with him.

There was much more to Lilly Lin than met the eye.  She could hack as easily as a person could type.  She wrote software at the assembly code level.  She made her own operating system and tricked out her junk laptop.  Dane traded Lilly three squares for her operating system, computer enhancements, and her class notes.  She shared her Spartan meals with an old homeless Japanese man.  Since Dane helped Lilly get a job at the FastMart and fed her, he was suddenly part of Lilly’s gift of offerings.  The old man appeared in the evening near a Shinto torii that Dane could never find without Lilly or during the day.  Dane wasn’t certain if the man or the torii really existed.

The old man invited Lilly and Dane through the torii—they entered a Shinto shrine that could not be part of the world in Seattle.  The old man claimed to be a Japanese kami, the Japanese god of metal.  He was tired of existence and confused by the modern world.  He had brought his shrine to Seattle because he hoped to find purpose in a new place, but there he only found unbelief and a young woman who would bring him offerings.  He wanted Lilly to assume his duties as kami and Dane to become the kannushi, the priest of the shrine.

Dane and Lilly found themselves in possession of a Shinto shrine.  Lilly discovered she had powers over metal.  Dane was responsible for the shrine itself. 
The old kami was gone, but Lilly and Dane now face the pantheon of Japanese gods and goddesses who are skeptical of a human made a goddess with her inexperienced kannushi.  They must use their new-found powers to keep the shrine successful and purposeful in spite of its place.  Dane must also contend with Lilly who is infatuated with him and now endued with memories and ideas from a different culture.  He was struggling with her attention before—now she demands much more from him.

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.
 
Reviewer’s quotes.

The synopsis of your novel may be the most important part of the marketing material.  This is where you really convince a publisher and/or a reader to read your novel.  I say publisher and reader because a well written synopsis will become the basis for the marketing material your publisher uses and the back cover material.  If your synopsis doesn't impress your publisher, they won't read your novel.  If they don't read your novel, it won't get published.  The synopsis will become art of the back cover and part of the marketing material--it must because, that is what excited the initial interest of the publisher.

Your synopsis is like the first sentence, first paragraph, and first scene of your novel.  If you don't hook the reader with these firsts, you never will.  This is why I try to place some of the first scene in the synopsis.  The point is to bring some of the excitement of the novel into the synopsis.  Without excitement and entertainment, you won't impress a publisher or a reader.

Your first job is to impress the publisher.  The second step is to impress the potential reader.  The publisher is harder than the average reader.  Because it is so important, we'll get a little more in depth about writing a synopsis.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 289, Author Bio, Marketing Materials

24 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 289, Author Bio, 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 www.ancientlight.com.  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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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

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.

Genre:

Fiction Suspense
 
Author Bio: Approximately 120 words

The finest escape in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture—so asserts L. D. Alford, a novelist who explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know.  He builds tales that make ancient people and times real to us.  His stories uniquely explore the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive.  L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, and Air Command and Staff College.  He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe and Central America.  L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.   
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.
 
Reviewer’s quotes.

I added in the author bio and made it bold.  Every author must provide a bio.  I have a 120 word bio, a 60 word bio, a 30 word bio, and a sentence bio.  I'll eventually show you the sentence and the 30 word bio.  Different groups and publishers want different size bios about you.  The trick is o provide them something that encapsulates your skills and writing history in a pithy, quick, and interesting paragraph.  I've been using this one for a while.

Some author's bios are funny, some are very serious, some are a mix.  You want to match the bio to your style and genre of literature.  You want to show off you writing skill even in a bio paragraph.  My emphasis is the connection between history and cultures and writing.  That, in a nutshell, is what I write about.  I hope that the paragraph about me will make a publisher (or a reader) wonder about my writing.  I want them to be curious simply by reading that paragraph. 

In a bio paragraph, you are marketing you, and I believe you are marketing your writing.  You need to convince the reader that you are skilled and understand the world enough to be a writer.  You need to convince a publisher that you have gravitas and can write.  Perhaps this is the reason many best selling authors change their bios to be more funny after they are successful.  Success as a best seller provides a lot of gravitas.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 288, Genre, Marketing Materials

23 January 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 288, Genre, 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 www.ancientlight.com.  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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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

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.

Genre:

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.
 
Reviewer’s quotes.

I've written before about genre--I'll do it again.  Especially with novels today, genre is more a marketing concept than a distinction of plot or theme.  Many novels today do not fall easily into one genre pile or another.  Many, if not most, are mixed in their appeal--it just becomes difficult to state: historical mystery suspense.  This starts to sound like the focus of the audience and not the work at all.  It would help--or perhaps not, to have a genre: historical mystery suspense.  The reason it might help is it would categorize many works that fall into all those piles--it would hurt because many readers who like historical works, but not necessarily suspense would not have a chance to be exposed to it. 

In general, the genre of a work can and should change based on the audience.  Here is a great example.  My Ancient Light novels are historical suspense with a spiritual twist.  They don't fit well in any normal genre, but they are easily historical suspense.  They are now published as dystopian fiction--which broadly, they could kind of be, but only if the history of the real world is dystopian.  In this way, my publisher is taking advantage of a new genre that has excited the marketplace.  Ancient Light can be said to have a somewhat dystopian feel.  They can broadly be called dystopian.  They kind of fill a unique niche in literature and are hard to place--why not be dystopian? 

In your marketing materials, you should try to take advantage of both the marketplace and the interests of the public (you audience).  Your publisher will certainly do that, but realize, a dystopian novel might have some play with a publisher today--more play than historical or suspense.  Likewise, a novel about supernatural creatures might excite  publisher into, at least reading your work.  I'm not sure if the supernatural creature market is dead.  I wrote a book about a vampire--I just was inspired and not by the current crop of vampire novels.

So pick a genre that might excite a publisher and your audience--that's the way to market your novel.  

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 http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com