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 Sister Novels
Author: Legolas of the Woodland Realm 
Date:   10-31-04 08:53


Greetings!,

I have been working on a new way to cross-promote novels and wanted to make you all aware of it. This came out of discussions at PansDen over the summer. We have just started the pilot program.

The Sister Novel Concept

Sister novels like sister cities are two different places linked through bonds of friendship, ideally each novel would have two sisters.

Steps to select a sister candidate:
1. Compatible subject matter but not too similar, i.e. Vikings, cowboys and the Riders of Rohan
2. Change genres, say from History to Horror
3. A different “standing” novel, i.e. A new novel paired with an older one.

Then use special events, awards or real life connections to tie the novels together. Ideally each novel will have a “sister” section on the dust jacket with monthly highlights and a banner. The purpose is the promotion of both novels and the cross over of writers and ideas resulting in a more dynamic PanHistoria. I would suggest that at least one MoB from each novel join their sisters so they can post in planning and discussion topics. Right now for instance, New Tales from Middle Earth is accepting nominations for the Quarterly awards and I would like the sister MoBs to nominate. By keeping abreast of what is happening in the novels you can suggest writers to cross-over or other ideas.

The idea arose from the mingling of personalities and exchanges of ideas made possible by our "summer camp." After discussion with a number of people I put together the following plan. The beginning group of novels “belong” to those who participated in the discussion.

Included in the pilot group is so far made up of New Tales from Middle Earth, Hogwarts and Troy.

This group has a brand new novel and several older novels. I am currently in discussions with Alltrud, Into The Woods, and The Riddermark to join as well as looking for a Horror novel. Depending on responses I will be asking for a pirate novel, either Bitter Broth or the Delian League and Mythic Heroes to join us next.

Currently I have matched up so far:
New Tales from Middle Earth and Troy and Hogwarts is hoping to link with Alltrud and Into The Woods.

I would like to put Troy with PiRamesses due to the same historical time period and The Riddermark is a natural for New Tales from Middle Earth but any other matches will come after I know with novels I am working with, this pair needs a contemporary or other genre partner. Ideally you would have two or three sisters.

Once the pilot program is up and running and we start to see some results I hope to have others novels wanting to join up and you can recruit matches on your own.

Both New Tales and Troy have their sister sections already on the DJ so you can see what it looks like, ideally all will look the same.

If you wish to participate I need a banner and the summary text. Once I have them all I will make sure the appropriate parties get what they need for their dust jackets to start, the summaries should change once a month.



 Topics Author  Date
 MoB Discussions  Dawg Brown  07-03-04 11:37 
  The Open/Close confusion  Saoirse Ui Niall  07-03-04 12:08 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Sinha Embrace  07-03-04 13:44 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Calliope  07-03-04 14:00 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Dawg Brown  07-03-04 14:16 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Pendragon  07-03-04 14:26 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Ngetal  07-03-04 14:46 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Calliope  07-03-04 15:05 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Fanny Fae  07-03-04 18:20 
  question ...please  Lady Cassandra Seahawke  07-03-04 19:41 
  RE: The Open/Close confusion  Sinha Embrace  07-03-04 23:35 
  MoB Power  Malar Kasni  08-27-04 22:41 
  RE: MoB Power  Tancorix  08-28-04 04:04 
  RE: MoB Power  Erich Michael Braeden  08-29-04 08:03 
  Official Thoughts on MoB Power  Wyatt Earp  08-29-04 10:32 
  RE: Official Thoughts on MoB Power  Azrael  08-29-04 11:05 
  RE: Official Thoughts on MoB Power - Good questions Wyatt!  Saoirse Ui Niall  08-29-04 11:32 
  Yet More Official Thoughts on MoB Power - Good questions Wyatt!  Orquist  08-29-04 15:24 
  RE: Yet More Official/Question  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  10-30-04 03:56 
  RE: Yet More Official/Question  Tancorix  10-30-04 07:22 
  Elections  Estarfigam of Ashumnein  10-30-04 12:22 
  RE: Yet More Official/Question  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  10-31-04 00:14 
  RE: Elections  Tancorix  10-31-04 06:27 
  Sister Novels  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  10-31-04 08:53 
  RE: Sister Novels  Calliope  10-31-04 15:12 
  RE: Yet More Official/Question  Calliope  10-31-04 15:49 
  RE: Yet More Official/Question  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  10-31-04 18:41 
  RE: Yet More Official/Question  Mithrandir  10-31-04 21:08 
  RE: Yet More Official/Question resolution  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  11-01-04 07:46 
  A question...MoB disputes  Anara  11-02-04 16:20 
  RE: A question...MoB disputes  Wyatt Earp  11-03-04 08:40 
  RE: A question...MoB disputes  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  11-03-04 13:44 
  RE: Sister Novels  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  11-03-04 13:53 
  RE: A question...MoB disputes  Anara  11-03-04 18:18 
  RE: Sister Novels/Update  Paris of Troy  11-09-04 08:20 
  RE: Sister Novels  Glas  11-09-04 20:46 
  RE: Sister Novels  Allyn  11-10-04 11:49 
  RE: Sister Novels  Paris of Troy  11-10-04 15:41 
  RE: Sister Novels  Glas  11-10-04 19:22 
  Sister Novel Update  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  11-13-04 14:20 
  RE: Sister Novel Update  Mouse Adams  11-13-04 16:58 
  RE: Sister Novel Update  Arwen Evenstar  11-13-04 18:00 
  RE: Sister Novel Update  Ava Montgomery  11-15-04 14:58 
  RE: Sister Novel Update  Paris of Troy  11-15-04 17:25 
  RE: Sister Novel Update  Ava Montgomery  11-15-04 18:02 
  Ways to promote your Novel  Tancorix  11-15-04 18:46 
  RE: Ways to promote your Novel  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  11-16-04 00:09 
  RE: Ways to promote your Novel  Patrick McErlean  11-16-04 02:16 
  Obviously, novels are free to do as they wish  Calliope  11-16-04 07:08 
  Red Carpet Society  Tancorix  11-16-04 07:26 
  RE: Ways to promote your Novel  Athena  11-16-04 11:48 
  RE: Obviously, novels are free to do as they wish  Legolas of the Woodland Realm  11-16-04 12:03 
  RE: Ways to promote your Novel-negative and positive  Flavia Amytas  11-16-04 14:01 
  Milestone Celebrations  Paris of Troy  07-03-05 01:58 
  RE: Milestone Celebrations  Pendragon  07-03-05 13:27 
  RE: Milestone Celebrations  The Master  09-19-05 19:19 
  RE: Milestone Celebrations  Alexei Nikolaevich  09-19-05 20:50 
  How to deal with applications?  Alexei Nikolaevich  08-02-06 09:57 
  RE: How to deal with applications?  Sam Service  08-02-06 13:23 
  RE: How to deal with applications?  Awoserra Aqenenra Apepa  08-02-06 18:01 
  RE: How to deal with applications?  Marcus Antonio Veneziano  08-03-06 06:01 
  RE: How to deal with applications?  Richenda dSegre  08-03-06 08:50 
  Novel Wide Messages  Tancorix  10-20-06 07:43 
  RE: Novel Wide Messages  Awoserra Aqenenra Apepa  10-20-06 07:49 
  RE: Novel Wide Messages  Tancorix  10-20-06 08:35 
  RE: Novel Wide Messages  Avaria KelTahn  10-20-06 09:23 
  RE: MoB Discussions...MOB only messages?  Lady Cassandra Seahawke  06-29-08 11:31 
  RE: MoB Discussions...MOB only messages?  Hatshepsut  06-29-08 12:23 
  MoB Discussions... Somethign that MoBs can do for their writers  Sky  07-01-08 05:49 


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