If you have an idea for a book, it may be easier than you think to see that book from idea stage to publication. That’s what two Oklahoma youths recently found out.
Nicci Sefton, 18, and Brendan Frias, 10, are two of the state’s newest and youngest authors. And each took unusual, low-cost routes to publishing their books.
For Frias of Oklahoma City, that route cost a total of about $8. His 50-page book, "Marvin and the Magical Mailbox: Ice Mountain” is an action-adventure story geared for first- and second-grade readers.
"Its about a kid, he’s like going out to get the mail and he gets pulled into the mailbox,” Frias said. Marvin and his friend, Sally, find themselves in an icy world, where the two have to live through harrowing adventures to find their way home.
Brendan and his dad, Aaron Frias, wrote the book together. Brendan supplied the ideas; Aaron meshed the ideas into story form. It took about two weeks to write.
Aaron Frias was searching online and at a local library for publishing options when he stumbled on www.createspace.com, a sister company to Amazon. At CreateSpace, Frias was able to upload the book’s text and the graphic he designed for the book’s cover. From start to end, the process took a few months.