Students inspire Liverpool teacher's first children's book

She narrowed down her options to 30 different places she thought best to send her manuscript. Marsh said she sent out many submissions in July of 2007.

After that, she said it "felt like the longest time," before she heard any response, good or bad.

"I received some wonderful rejection letters, as funny as that sounds," Marsh said. "They were handwritten letters with personal comments about my story. I wasn't discouraged."

The time companies put into reading her work made her feel confident that an offer might be coming along, Marsh said.

Soon after, a special package came in the mail, it was an offer to publish "Elves on Vacation: Having a Blast!"

"It was a dream come true," Marsh said. "We went out to dinner, I cried, it was great I was really ready to sign."

As the process moved along, Marsh said she had to hold back celebration when she received the rough copy of what her book would look like. The copy was approximate to 5 inches by 7 inches with a soft cover and the illustrations were black and white.

"I called them and explained how honored and thrilled I was," Marsh said as her vision for the book was always in color with a larger hard cover.

Out of respect for the people that made her this offer, Marsh said she didn't want to release the name of the publishing company.

Because the company was unable to invest in Marsh's requested criteria for "Elves on Vacation: Having a Blast!" she decided to move on and hope that something else would come along.

Event though she never gave up hope, she said she needed to focus on her family and her current students. Not much more came about her publishing search until Long Branch Elementary librarian Jessica Vadney mentioned Marsh's story to local author Gary VanRiper. VanRiper is the author of the "The Adirondack Kids" series, which has been read at LBE many times.

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