Print on Demand

So I was wondering what your experience is or has been in the past with print on demand using create a space or some other POD site…

I’m self-publishing in May and I would LOVE to see my book in print…but I would love to hear your experiences and issues with any POD you have used in the past.

My journey to Self Publishing

So last night I was up until four am-yet again-obsessing over everything I need to do to self publish.

Honestly I think this is the hardest I’ve ever worked for anything in my life, but it’s well worth it. I chose to self publish because most of the agents and traditional publishing houses I looked into weren’t accepting queries due to a high volume of clients and or my book just didn’t fit their criteria.

When I first began this journey around a year ago, I wrote my entire first draft (based on some crazy dreams I was having at the time) in a week. I probably could have pounded it out faster, lol, lord knows I wanted to but I am a mother and a wife and a fairly responsable adult.

Recently I finished my third and I believe the final draft of my first book ‘Prophecy of the Seven’ the first installment in ‘The Genesis Project Series’. I am beyond overjoyed at this…but this is where the hard work truly begins.

I now have to market my book, find beta readers (had some but would love for a few more to have a look), find someone who can and will do my book cover and it actually looked targeted toward the age group I wrote it for (18+) and be able to afford it!

Has anyone else struggled with finding and affording a quality cover?

Then I thought well I would love to have a few copies of my book printed…thus I stumbled onto a blog about Create a space a subsidiary of Amazon…Well would you look at that! I can have my book out there in paper-how exciting!

But the cost of POD is a cost no matter how you spin it….but I’ve talked to my husband and we decided that maybe after a week or two of the Kindle and Barnes and Nobles Nook version being out there we would go ahead and order a few and see how they do…You never know…I may be in for a super surprise, then again maybe not…but at least I tried and saw the whole process through.

What other eReader do you use? I would LOVE to hear.

Are you self published, or attempting like me to stumble blind through everything, reading anything and everything you can find on self publishing?

If you are self published what was your experience? DId you POD?

And what do you believe the best form of marking is? Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Goodreads?

How did you grow your audience?

 

These are all questions that flow through my mind all day long. How…How…How… lol.

In the end I suppose it will all be done…My early May release date is almost threatened due to this cover mishap *Sigh* but in the end I know when it does release it will be phenomenal.

 

Can’t wait to hear your side of the ‘story’.

C.L.D.

Over haul & Facebook Information

So I noticed a new theme I really liked and decided…what they hey…I’ll change it up. Now I can not get the facebook widget to work (BOO) SO… For anyone who is new if you would like to like my Facebook page please use the following link until further notice.

Thanks!

C.L.D.

 

http://www.facebook.com/authorcldeleon

Questions for Aspiring Authors

I’ve read a few blogs where aspiring authors have asked these questions, and I find myself super curious as well…

Was it hard for you to write your first novel?

What word count do you think is best for a well-rounded novel?

Are you published?

Self-published or traditional?

Do you have an agent?

What genre (sub-genre) is your book(s)?

 

I wonder these things because I feel as though I’m stumbling blind in my attempt to write my book.

So here are my answers.

Was it hard for you to write your first novel?

It wasn’t hard for me to write my first novel, but now that it’s finished I’m second guessing myself with it–probably has to do with the fact I need more imput from Beta Readers and have had a hard time finding some.

What word count do you think is best for a well-rounded novel?

Honestly, I really don’t know. I do know that a lot of traditional publisher I looked at want 80,000 to 100,000 words.

Are you published?

No, currently I am not published but I plan to self publish early May if everything falls into place.

Do you have an agent?

No, I do not have an agent and honestly have no idea how to get one. lol.

What genre (sub-genre) is your book(s)?

The current book I’ve worked on is the first installment of a series, (The Genesis Project series) Prophecy of the Seven, which is a YA 18+ Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, with a hint of Magical Realism.

 

 

I would very much love to have a discussion and I would love to hear about you and your book(s).

C.L.D

 

 

 

Workin’ hard or hardly workin’

After a week of family visiting, totaling 10 people in my little three bedroom 1500 sq. ft. house, and not working on editing at all or much of anything for that matter (lol) I was wondering what you expect from your Beta readers…

I was wondering what you expect from your Beta’s?

Do you expect them to read like you do? Read as fast as you do?

For me I place no expectations on anyone, I allow them to go at their own pace, but know my deadline for publishing and hope that they would have their comments in at least two weeks before.

That being said what do you expect from your Beta’s? What questions do you ask them if any, and what kind of window do you give them to read?

Comments are welcome! XD

C.

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The Genesis Project Teaser!

Alright we recieved five more follows today! Here’s your teaser! enjoy!

I couldn’t let this happen to people who had taken my mom and me in, people who loved us and treated us as family.

“Stop, put me down” I screamed at Jasper and Luke.

I started kicking my feet and jerking my arms to get them to let me go. I was angry; we were supposed to fight not run away.

I jerked away throwing out their arms using my telekinesis, forcing myself up through the air reaching into my core, fogging the area, I hovered at the top of the tree line after all I didn’t want to be an easy target if I could help it.

I opened my mind, feeling for my center, and allowed my body to react the way it wanted to.

I released the telekinesis dropping myself to the earth, I knew I wouldn’t hurt myself, the Earth wouldn’t hurt me, I was as much a part of her as she was me.

I slammed into earth landing on one knee, shoving my fist into the ground pushing my rage from carnage I’d witnessed into the Earth willing her to respond to my call.

I looked up facing the Militia and those who had fallen wounded and dead a like, I watched the earth ripple in massive seismic shock waves.

The ground lifted from where my fist had planted, massive mounds of earth movied at a high rate of speed to crush those who had harmed us….

Find out in May 2014 if Reighlyn succeeded in thwarting the Militia.

 

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