Denise Ellen Savage did - and she actually followed up on it.
But writing an illustrated alphabet book was the easy part. Now the Woodhaven native, who has lived in Ireland for the past nine years, must find someone to publish it. All that is standing between Savage and her dream is the right contract.
Savage said the Pittsburgh-based firm Dorrance Publishing has offered to publish the book for an upfront fee of roughly $9,000. That's more than she's willing to pay. Self publishing the as-of-yet untitled work would cost even more, she said.
“I've always wanted to publish something but I didn't know there was so much involved,” she said in a phone interview. “I might have to get a bank loan.”
Though she still has a ways to go, few come this far at all.
Savage was born and raised in Woodhaven, where she attended St. Thomas the Apostle School and developed a love of reading at a young age. After meeting her future husband on a trip to Ireland, Savage moved there, and lives with her family in the town of Skibbereen, in Cork County.
She returns to Queens regularly to visit her parents, who have lived in the same Woodhaven home for the past 40 years.
Savage started work on her 27-page book in February of 2009. It follows the letters of the alphabet (J is for jumping, S is for Ssh, etc.), and comes with helpful illustrations. “I think it's something parents can relate to because it's something they regularly say to their kids,” she said.
The idea came to her after playing with her children. Savage said they enjoyed her made-up rhymes and sayings so much she decided to try them out on a wider audience.
Inspiration for the book comes from her own favorite children's books, among them Dr. Seuss titles and the poems of Shel Silverstein. And Savage is determined not to stop here.
“I've been writing for a long time,” she said. Once her first book is published, “I have several more in mind.”