I have always wanted to write a children’s book. Probably since I was young. In fact, teachers and college professors told me that I should write a children’s book. But an idea for a story never came to mind until I had a child of my own.

When Henry was born, he had a lot of hiccups. And out of that Henry’s Hiccups was born.

Robert Munsch was and still is one of my favorite children’s authors. I love the silliness and repetition of his books. The design of this book was inspired by him.

What is the story about?

Henry is a happy student until he encounters a problem. He can’t get rid of his hiccups.

He tries a number of ways to get rid of them, but no matter what he does his hiccups keep getting in the way of correctly answering the teacher’s questions.

That is until he discovers a new way of answering questions without speaking — sign language.

Why is this story important to me?

1. I reached a lifetime goal.

Writing and publishing this story helped check out a lifetime goal of mine. It certainly wasn’t easy. I queried and sent in my manuscript to upward of 30 publishers.

I heard back from TWO of them, and they were both no’s with very little feedback besides “Thank you for sharing your story with us. Unfortunately, it isn’t a right fit for us.”

That was hard, but the silence was harder. I kept imagining that my manuscript was sitting in a huge pile of unread stories.

I soon learned that I was right, and this unread pile was called a slush pile. I learned this in a Publishing a Children’s Book class. After the class, I realized that self-publishing was the way to go.

It wasn’t admitting defeat. It’s actually becoming more and more popular with so many sites helping you with self-publishing, and more and more authors…