The journey to get the Jake and Alice adventure book published started more than a decade ago when Anthony moved to Houston, Texas, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. After Anthony’s first weekend on TV at KPRC, he received an invitation to talk about the weather to a kindergarten class.
This was a first for Anthony. Although he had a 10-year-old daughter and would read to her class, this was different. How was he going to keep the attention of 6-year-olds without a book? On the fly, he made up a story. What you’ll read in the pages of “A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle” is pretty much the story he told that day. Anthony brought a boy and girl to the front of the class and said, “These are two drops of water and they are about to go on an adventure of a lifetime.” He got other members of the class to act like a dinosaur, plants, a refrigerator, a whale and even an ice skater. It worked, sort of.
After that experience, Anthony created a PowerPoint presentation for students that focused on severe weather safety. This kept the students’ attention. But something bothered Anthony when he did read weather books to young children. Some books had excellent science but the stories weren’t very good but in other books the science was highly inaccurate. So Anthony decided to bring back his story and started writing.
The story wasn’t hard to write but, of course, a children’s book is about a lot more than just a beginning, middle and end. Anthony can’t draw! When Anthony laid out the story the pictures looked like an actual kindergartener did the work.
Anthony bought the 2007 edition of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and read how to get published. Anthony never thought this was going to be easy, but he soon discovered it’s incredibly hard to get your book published. There are one million children’s book submissions a year and only 30,000 get published. He sent out his manuscript across the country. For every submission, he received a rejection letter. The book would have to wait.
Anthony spent the next several years focusing on other projects. First, he was promoted from weekends and became the weekday morning meteorologist at KPRC. He created a middle school and career day presentation for older students. He made a hurricane preparedness and drought presentation for businesses that invited Anthony to speak to their companies. For two years, Anthony served as the president of the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
Nothing happened with the book until Anthony went to a library night with his children at St. Paul’s School right across the street from the school he first told his water cycle story. The featured author was a Houstonian named Joe Sutton, and he was reading his book, “Wanda and the Oblahlahs.”
Anthony bought the book for his kids and saw that it was published by Bright Sky Press – perfect name, and it’s a Houston publisher. He sent Bright Sky his manuscript and a week later the book started to become a reality.
So here we are seven years later. Some say seven is the number of completion, and for Anthony this is true. Please enjoy the journey of Jake and Alice. While this adventure story took years to produce, Anthony is happy it didn’t take as long as the journey you’re about to read.