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A dream come true

Local author, illustrator release children's book

Sturbridge author Denise Schepper, of Sturbridge and her illustrator, Dan Stewart, of Webster, worked hard to produce “Tony the Pony and His Friend Joey.” With Schepper’s words and Stewart’s illustrations, the book is a great read for families with young children. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
August 22, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Regardless of genre, overcoming rejection is critical for any aspiring author.

Denise Schepper is a perfect example of someone who didn't give up after her manuscripts were rejected. Her persistence and years of commitment paid off in the form of two published children's books, both of which are available for purchase online.

Schepper, who wrote "My Dad the Navy Hero," in 2001, spent seven years trying to publish the book. Even though she received hundreds of rejection letters from literary agents and took a short break from writing, she decided not to abandon her dream.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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