Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another 5 Star Reader Review

This fantastic book review comes from Wendy on Goodreads. Not only is it a fun review to read, but it really gives you a feel for what "The Sound and the Echoes" is all about. Thank you, Wendy!!!

Here's a snippet:

"I finally finished this book =] WOW is all i have to say. I really enjoyed this novel it was wonderful.

The story is about a boy named Will Cleary who has been looking for his lost twin sister for 10 years. He discovers this book shaped like a tombstone which is complied of people who have gone missing over several years, Himself and his sister's names are in the book."

Keep reading Wendy's review on Goodreads:


E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition: $2.99

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New 5 Star Reader Review

A big thank you to Elise, who left a charming book review on Goodreads. Here's a snippet:

"This book is so refreshing. The characters are unique as is the story line. There are no dragons or the normal "mystical" creatures. I couldn't put it down! This is definitely worth reading..."

Keep reading on Goodreads

E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition: $2.99

Monday, October 22, 2012

Why I Spent $10,000 on Publishing My Novel

As promised, here's an article about the publication process itself. I hope other Indie authors find it helpful.

After 180 literary agents rejected my children’s fantasy over a period of two years, I decided to publish it myself. Long-term investments in building my publishing imprint come up to $10,074 so far, while income from sales is less than $500 after 3 months of publication. But, as with the launch of any small business, I expect growth to follow when market exposure grows.

Understanding Self-Publishingg

Self-publishing is easy. Submit your book on Kindle for $0, and you may call yourself a published author (see my how-to tutorial). But my conversations with other self-published authors reveal that most don’t sell more than a few copies to friends and family. I set myself a budget of $10,000 to publish and promote my book in a professional manner that would lead to success.

Hiring an Illustrator

Unlike U.S. based artists, who charge up to $10,000 for a book cover, overseas artists are more affordable. I found a U.K. artist who created a stunning cover, as well as a series of illustrations for $2,000. When it came time to seek out reviewers and author interviews, the cover of my novel opened doors for me. And the illustrations provided me with enough material not merely to enhance my book but to create a book website, as well as book ads and flyers.

Publishing a Proof of Concept

I decided to reach out to a handful of literary agents who requested a partial manuscript in the past. I invested $1,200 in publishing a proof of concept hardcover with 27 color illustrations. Though, ultimately, no literary agent signed the book on, I used the proofs to solicit early reviews, complete final edits and share the novel with family and friends.

When to Save and When to Spend on Formatting?

Though publishing on Kindle is free, you may pay to have your book formatted. Other online companies may charge up to $500. I cut on my self-publishing cost by formatting my mobi conversion myself. Alternatively, when I realized that ePub conversions are ripe with coding bugs, I paid my book distributor, BookBaby, $225 to convert the document and provide me with proofs for approval.

Publishing a Paperback

After my Kindle book was published, I contacted Createspace (an Amazon company) to publish my novel in paperback for free. Once more I formatted the novel myself, saving on the over $200 service offered by the publisher. I ordered a physical proof for $6.99, and had to repeat this step before the book looked perfect.

Marketing: What’s Free and What Isn’t?

I made use of book reviewer lists (such as this from Step by Step Publishing), to submit my novel for a free book review on different book blogs. However, since book bloggers may take up to a year to review a book, I also hired a quality review company to provide 3 reviews for $120 (without guarantee of a positive review). I also purchased a Kirkus Indie Review for $425 (without guarantee of outcome), which opened the door to selling my book to libraries and book stores, who rely on reputable review sources exclusively.


To create excitement for the book, I set up book giveaways on the Book’s Facebook page, on GoodReads and book blogs, spending around $250.

Flyers & Promotions

I invested $125 in book flyers, which I use for marketing to libraries, book stores and other interested readers. I spent over $500 on buying book promotions with Amazon, most of which are still scheduled far into the future. I am now considering a promotion package form Kirkus Reviews, to give my book review prominence before publishers, agents and other media professionals. The cost may range from $500 to $1,500.


Though reputable awards carry great weight with the industry, most awards that indie authors enter have little credibility. I, therefore, spent only $169 to enter two contests, since buyers like to see that a book has won awards.

Additional Expenses

From buying domain names and hosting a site ($285 so far this year), to buying ISBN numbers ($300) for the different editions of the books, there are many small expenses that add up when you self-publish.

E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition: $2.99

Saturday, October 20, 2012

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Dew Pellucid Talks with Jeanz Book Read Review

What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?

My name is Dew Pellucid, the oldest Echo at the Orphanage of Castaway Children. I was born in the village of Nachal Katan, on the Northern tip of Agám Kaffú. To discover the meaning behind our Echo names (for there are definite meanings) come visit us in our frozen, glistening world. And then you will discover which character I play in the story I have written.

When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?

Once upon a time, there was a small Echo boy with a large imagination. He read over a million books by the age of ten, wrote silly stories to share with his stuffed animals, then felt silly writing good stories to share with his friends. But it was only when, at last, his tale of the Echoes reached the Sound realm that he felt himself to be a writer for the first time.

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?

180 literary agents rejected The Sound and the Echoes. It is forgivable; after all, they were all Sounds. And how long did that take? Two years, which for an ancient man may not seem long, but was enough to grow tiresome.
Even so, it was not a decision made lightly… to give up the fight. It was more a recognition that the story was too good to freeze over until the end of time. With the help of a magnificent artist, “The Sound and the Echoes” was published. It is like no other story told before, and that may be its swan song or its soaring flight.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

Keep reading on Jeanz Book Read Review.


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dew Pellucid Author Interview on Kindle Kids Corner

The Sound And The Echos & Comparisons to Harry Potter
October 18, 2012
By KindleKids (Candace Cheatham, Editor, Kids Corner at Kindle Nation Daily)

We announced last week that Dew Pellucid’s Fantasy Adventure For Middle Grade Readers, The Sound And The Echoes is the Kids Corner Book of The Week. Today we are very excited to post an exclusive interview with author Dew Pellucid.

Kids Corner: The Kids Corner Book of The Week, The Sound and the Echoes, is such a unique concept. What can our readers expect?

Dew Pellucid: When I was fourteen, I saw an ice storm for the first time. That memory was my inspiration for the Echo realm.

Imagine a winter wonderland with rivers of melted sapphires, icy topiaries that look almost alive, and everything glistening under a giant amber sun. And in this frozen kaleidoscope, everything is see-through, flowers showing through trees, cats through dogs. Even the people are see-through.

But that’s not all that makes this strange realm magical. The Echoes are superstitious people, because of a terrible law that rules their lives. When one of us dies up here in the Sound realm, his Echo is put to death in the Echo realm. So what can the Echoes do but hope that Fortune will spare them?

And so the Echo realm is filled with flying crystal balls and moon worshipers who think the silver orb is a giant, celestial crystal ball. The people wear watery robes, the solid floors spread rings under your feet as you walk, and the liquid ceiling in the great dining hall splashes in arches overhead.

The Echo realm is magical, without magic. And to be in it feels like being in a snow globe of wonders.

Read on Kids' Corner at K Nation

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Character Interview on "To Read or Not to Read" Book Blog

An Interview with Valerie Valerian

Valerie arrived for her interview riding her Sound albatross, Pegasus. She looked like a fairy riding a kite with the giant sun swimming in the lagoon-sky behind her. She led me to the stunning Orphanage dining hall. I noticed that dark circles engulfed Valerie’s enormous blue eyes, as if trying to drown them out. And she looked as pale and see-through as the fairies fluttering their icy wings above her, under the watery ceiling of the glittering hall. But Valerie’s wild, cropped hair was more like a fawn’s than a fairy’s.

“Tells us who you are?” I began.

Valerie smiled and lowered her eyes shyly. “I’m the niece of Victor Valerian. I grew up in the palace. My life was wonderful until four months ago. Then everything changed… If you ask me what my favorite color is, I’ll tell you it is the color of my mother’s ring.”

“Why is everyone in the dining hall staring at you?”

Keep reading on To Read or Not to Read Book Blog.

Monday, October 15, 2012

KIRKUS REVIEWS: "The Sound and The Echoes"

This is the first major editorial review of "The Sound & The Echoes", coming from Kirkus Reviews. Here are some highlights.

"Fantasy novel that readers hungry for magic and adventure will gladly devour.

"Pellucid’s debut middle-grade adventure takes place in a fantastic realm... Each person has an Echo, a copy of themselves that lives in the Echo realm, a strange, magical land."

"Will’s Echo happens to be a prince in the Echo realm, and dark forces want to stop him from becoming king, putting Will’s earthbound life in danger, too. Will embarks on a dangerous trip to the realm of the Echoes to help save the prince."

"Young readers will enjoy the series of challenges Will faces on his adventure to set things right. Lies, deceit and shifting allegiances add some twists and turns to the story, while the blue-tinged CGI illustrations by Andy Simmons help bring the chilly Echo world to life."

The story shares a number of similarities with the Harry Potter
series... but the unique, complex Echo world is enough to set this story apart."

Read the full Kirkus review.

E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition $2.99

New Four Star Reader Review

A warm thank-you to Sarah S. "merinsalive", who left a four-star review of "The Sound and the Echoes" on Amazon.

Here's a snippet:

"There are some really cool ideas in this book: I liked the idea of how for every Sound there is an Echo, and the library sounded amazing! The characters were well written, the plot was suitably twisted and everything was well described."

Read the rest of Sarah's review on Amazon

Friday, October 12, 2012

E-Book of the Week on Kindle Nation's Kids Corner

Quick News Update

Kindle Nation's Kids Corner is featuring "The Sound & The Echoes" this week.

Hope you'll visit, check out the book excerpt and read the reviews.

And for more reader reviews, illustrations and giveaways visit the Echo realm in person!

Many thanks!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Weekly Character Unveiling: Wolfeá

"Past the overlapping snowy trees and sapphire fountains, Will saw the far-off alabaster wall of the round fortress with a snowy forest curling at its feet like a giant snow heap.

Something leapt away from the snow heap, an animal camouflaged so well in the wintry landscape that Will only spotted it because it wasn’t see-through, like vanilla ice-cream set against pineapple sherbet.

Soon the animal drew near enough for Will to recognize its shape. It was an arctic wolf, and in a moment of wonderful forgetfulness Will thought that he was seeing Deá the wolf running back to him, alive and well."

~~From "The Sound & The Echoes", a high fantasy for middle grade and young adult readers.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Random Quote of the Day: Poudini

Every child at the Orphanage of Castaway Children has a pet. The hero, Will, has Wolfeá, his arctic wolf. Valerie has her albatross, which she rides like a flying horse. And Will's best friend, Peter, has a funny dog (inspired by my own rescue dog, Dorian).

Here's Poudini's introduction in "The Sound and the Echoes"

"Amazingly, the boy blew his frosty breath into the shape of a magician’s hat, before he bowed gallantly in his glistening white uniform and introduced himself.

'Peter Patrick Peterson. Tongue twister by name, magician by fame. And this gorgeous dog—' the boy pointed at the brindled mutt barking in the icy cage '—is Poudini. Houdini with a P. Named after the greatest magician ever. And after me, P for Peter Patrick Peterson. Get it?'

Will smiled, not to be rude, but in his mind a thousand worries were jostling.

~From, "The Sound and The Echoes", a high fantasy for middle grade and young adult readers.~

E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition coming 10/15/2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


A Fortunerific thanks to Joana for posting her review of "The Sound and the Echoes" on her stunning book blog, Book Wormz.

Here's a snippet of the review:

"In the world of Echoes everything is strange, especially its rules. Fortune determines everything and everyone. One rule stirs an elaborate plot of murder of all who rule the throne. If a Sound dies, then his Echo should too.

This book is quite imaginative and even though it was written for a younger audience, I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Read the rest of Joana's book review on Book Wormz.

E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition coming 10/15/2012

New Reader Review

Though only halfway through the book, Wendy Bloink wrote such a wonderful synopsis of the story on Goodreads that I had to share it.

"I am only 1/2 way through it right now but I am really enjoying it.
The story is about a boy named Will Cleary who has been looking for his lost twin sister for 10 years. He discovers this book shaped like a tombstone which is complied of people who have gone missing over several years, Himself and his sister's names are in the book.

Will soon discovers that is sister is trapped in an icy realm where all Echo's live. Echos are reflections of every living thing on earth.
Will is Determined to rescue his sister from the Echo realm.with the Help of his life long Echo friends named Dea and Damion.

The Sound and The Echoes is a great Adventure story that will keep you wanting to read more..."

Read the rest of Wendy's review on Goodreads.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weekly Character Unveiling: Abednego

One of the most mysterious characters in "The Sound and the Echoes" is the Headmaster at the Orphanage of Castaway Children, whose true identity is only revealed at the end of the novel.


"Up ahead an old man in a shimmering ivory robe beckoned to Will and Valerie. His white, knee-length beard and hair fluttered in the frosty breeze like a wispy cloud. He wasn’t quite see-through or solid, and Will couldn’t decide if he was an Echo or a Sound, only that he was the oldest man he had ever seen."

And a little later...

“Did you see that?” Will breathed at Peter.
Peter was too busy laughing. “See what?”
“There it is again. Look— The crystal ball on Abednego’s cane.”
“What about it?”
“There’s… an eye inside it.”

From, "The Sound and The Echoes", a high fantasy for middle grade and young adult readers.

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E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition coming 10/15/2012