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).





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


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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.


©2014 by C.L. De Leon

Covers, Graphics and Design. Oh my!

Ok, so I will admit that I am a total newb when it comes to all things publishing.  I understand that as a self publisher you wear many hats.

What I don’t understand is why it is so hard to find what you’re looking for, what you need, and obtain it easily.

Recently I hired a guy to design the cover for The Genesis Project : Prophecy of the Seven.  He had ample experience and his portfolio… ah-may-zing!

At the time I couldn’t believe my luck! This guy had cut me a deal understanding that I am a hopeful first time self publishing author.

He asked what my book was about and my different main characters – which can get confusing Reighlyn D’Crey is the main character who share her spot light with six sub mains.- I gave him my idea, my vision for the cover and he did the complete opposite.

What he did was great but not what I needed or could use, worse he had already received payment.

Just to be clear I am not complaining.  I simply want to inform other hopefuls like myself,  finding someone who can and will do quality work at a small price is hard to come by.


Finding someone to proofread and edit.

How is it possible for first time self publishing authors to publish IF editing costs 1/3.5 cents a WORD? Lol my first book is just under 47K.  That’s a lot of cash – I’m not saying it’s not worth it or not to do it. If you have the money go for it!-

There has to be a better way.

I found Fiverr.

While I still had to save to get my book edited I paid a 1/4 of what everyone else asked.

Research, research, research.

Finally I’ve decided to give it a go on designing my own cover. I have training in Adobe products so why not. Lol.

It may work out in my favor, it may not, we’ll see.

As it stands I still plan on launching The Genesis Project : Prophecy of the Seven soon. Maybe sooner than anticipated.  🙂