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. Today, Frias’ book is for sale on www.amazon.com. Sefton of Tulsa wrote her 251-page book, "Luxuria,” at age 15. It’s the first in "The Deadly Sins” series. "Luxuria” is the tale of a young man, Derrick, who finds himself falling in love with Annabell, a vampire. Sefton based the Annabell character on herself, but the story is written from Derrick’s point of view. Sefton took a different route to publishing her book. She chose to work with a Tulsa publishing house, Total Publishing & Media. The process cost about $1,500, which included some marketing services and listings on several booksellers’ Web sites. Sefton admitted she made a mistake in self-editing the book’s initial printing. When she realized many errors remained, she sent the book to be edited by professionals and reprinted. She urges new authors to have their book edited by a pro and pay for proofing services from their publishing company. "Luxuria” is for sale at www.barnesandnoble.com, www.booksamillion.com, www.amazon.com and at some local consignment shops.
Book signingsNicci Sefton will sign "Luxuria” at these sites: →Full Circle, 50 S Pennsylvania, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. →The Book Exchange, 3 N Adair, Pryor, 11 a.m. Aug. 22.