Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Matching Publishers, Entangled

20 November 2018, this blog is about writing in scenes.  I’m focusing on the tools to build scenes.  I’ll leave up the parts of a novel because I think this is an important picture for any novelist.  I’m writing about how to begin and write a novel.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. The dénouement scene(s)


Announcement:   I need a new publisher.  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.  Ancient Light includes Aegypt, Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  If you are interested in historical/suspense literature, please give my novels a try.  You can read about them at http://www.ancientlight.com.  I’ll keep you updated.

Today’s Blog: The skill of using language comes from the ability to put together figures of speech that act as symbols in writing.

Short digression:  On the way to Japan.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.


Creativity is the extrapolation of older ideas to form new ones or to present old ideas in a new form.  It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect).  Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:


  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker


First step of writing—enjoy writing.  Writing is a chore—especially if you don’t know what you are doing, and you don’t know where you are going.  Let me help you with that.


I am the process of submitting my writing to publishers.  This is really painful to me.  I had to do this years ago.  After I found my last publisher, I thought I would never need to find another one, but alas, my publisher went out of business, and now I need another publisher.


If you want your novels to get any kind of showing or consideration, you need to match your novel to the proper potential publishers.  You can’t just send your manuscript off at random.


I really like the publisher Entangled.  You can find them in the author’s publish list here, http://www.authorspublish.com/the-top-35-publishers-for-new-authors/.  Selection of the link takes you to http://www.authorspublish.com/entangled-publishing-now-accepting-book-manuscripts/. Entangled uses submittable for submissions.


I like Entangled because they use submittable and because they have a lot of imprints.  There are many opportunities for you to submit and many opportunities for your novels to fit.  Submittable is a great means to make a submission.  I have had problems with the submissions for Entangled, but the reason was because the tab for attaching your manuscript either isn’t there or it is impossible for me to find.  In each case, a note to the submittable support resulted in my manuscript being attached properly.  Submittable is very helpful.


Entangled also sent an email rejection with some comments.  I’m not certain the comments were really that pertinent, they may have been a good way to let down the author easily.  Another reason I like Entangled is they say if you chose the wrong imprint, they will send your novel to the proper place.  This is encouraging.


I’ve been through all the potential publishers on the list for submissions—perhaps I should mention why I skipped over some publishers (at the moment).


Felony & Mayhem is next.


I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:










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About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops 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 is widely traveled and 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, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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