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Local author: Slater teen to publish first novel

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Slater High School student Sean Pummill shows cover art for his soon-to-be-published novel, "Demons and Dragons: The Golden Age."
(Geoff Rands/Democrat-News)
Sean Pummill, a high school student from Slater, has recently finished a three-year-long project: his first novel, titled "Demons and Dragons: The Golden Age."

"I started writing, just off and on, off and on, for the last three years, just kind of doing it on my own time, and then this year came around and I was closer to being done, and I decided I'd be interested in looking into publishers," Pummill said.

Simply using Google to find a publisher for his book, Pummill found two he was interested in and sent them some information.

PublishAmerica contacted him and requested sample chapters. Soon thereafter, Pummill was told they were interested in publishing his book.

"One of the reasons I chose PublishAmerica (was) because I didn't pay anything," he said. The other publisher Pummill contacted required payment up front for the books.

"The people who have known I was trying to write a book, their first question is always, 'What is it about?' Well, it's fantasy," Pummill said.

He said the plot of his book revolves around 12 warriors created by the beings who created the universe. These warriors are tasked with destroying demons, created by a rogue god who went against the other creators' wishes by forming an inherently evil being.

Though this book has been in the works since 2006, Pummill had the idea for the story long before that, "about five years or so before I started."

Though he generally works out his storylines in his head, Pummill said he does write ideas down if he feels them to be important and likely to be forgotten.

Taking the story from his mind and getting it to paper didn't turn out to be a complicated process for Pummill. Most major changes in the story were simply due to his attempts to lengthen the book.

"The closer that I got to the end ... I realized it wasn't quite as long as I'd hoped," he said. "...Whenever they offered to publish it, they gave me until March first to finish it, and I found out they were going to publish it Christmas Eve, so that gave me about two and a half months to finish it, and by the time I was done, it was only like 206 pages."

Before that mad rush to get his novel to the publisher on time, Pummill wrote in his free time. When he got stuck, he would read fantasy novels to clear his mind.

"While I'm reading, I'm reading their story, but I'm working on mine. It helps my thought process flow," he said.

Nevertheless, he said, there were times he would go two or three months without adding a word to his story.

"I'd sit back down, just pick up where I was and move along. I mean, there were times I'd sit there all week, you know, write out four or five chapters, go back and look over them, and I'd just stop writing for two months, three months, whatever."

This book is the first of what Pummill plans will be a trilogy; he already has plans for more books in the same world beyond those three.

"I really don't want to let go after I'm done," he said. "So, I intend to kind of write other books that are about characters throughout these three books that are important, and play major roles, but you don't know much about, besides what's put in there, little bits and pieces about their past, because I don't want you to know that much."

Having written the book over the course of three years, when it was finished and he re-read it, he noticed an improvement in his writing.

"That's kind of the problem, doing it over three years, though, is coming from a freshman to a senior," he said. "Like, I don't use as big of words or words that are real complicated until later in the book, and then it seems a little off."

Art was a big concern of Pummill's in the production process. Initially, he had hoped to get his artistically inclined sister to create the art for both his book's cover and each chapter. But, due to time constraints, he was unable to secure assistance from anyone with the art for his first book.

"The next book that I do, I intend to have my sister do the cover and the chapter art, for the next two books, really," said Pummill. "After everything's done with this series, I want her to go ahead and do a cover for the first book and chapter art for the first book, and then I want to put an art book together of all the art that should have been in the first book and all the artwork that's in the second and third. So, that'll help her get recognized better, and it'll help show what should have been of the first book."

Pummill's dreams currently include being an author of a book on the New York Times Best Seller list, but they don't end there.

"Lately, because it's kind of a big thing for well-known series to become movies, I'm hoping for that, too," he said. "But I will refuse to sell my movie rights. I will go to Hollywood and be a pain, versus sell my movie rights and butcher it."

When "Demons and Dragons: The Golden Age" is available in stores, The Marshall Democrat-News will publicize its availability.

Contact Geoff Rands at marshallreporter@socket.net

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Sean,I'm so proud of you.Keep up the good work,i wish all the best as i always have.

-- Posted by flinstones on Fri, Apr 24, 2009, at 1:53 AM


Congrats and best of luck but be careful with these so called "vanity publishers" such as Publish America

Take a look here:


-- Posted by What the f...... on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 4:05 PM

Congrats Sean!!!! I'm sure you will be an author of a book on the NY Times Best seller list and then it will be off to Hollywood with you.

I wish you the best!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by aen2012 on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 3:35 PM

Congrats! I hope you are very sucessful!

-- Posted by litlmissme on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 3:29 PM

Congrulation...on your first Novel...I will be looking forward to reading it...

-- Posted by tshee70 on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 3:16 PM

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