I am delighted to welcome Gabi Snyder to the blog! Read on to learn about her writing routine and what she finds so rewarding about writing.
Number of years writing: I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but I’ve been writing with a focus on children’s literature since 2014, so about six years.
Number of years from contract to published book: Two
Date your book was released: May 19, 2020
Number of pages: 32
Number of launch events: TBD. With in-person events on hold for now, debut authors are getting creative with virtual launch events, using platforms like Zoom and Instagram Live. Silver lining: now friends, relatives, and potential readers far and wide can attend! Stay tuned: I have a few ideas brewing for virtual book events.
Number of days per week that writing takes a backseat to marketing & publicity: I think the most effective marketing and publicity is creating more awesome writing that people want to read, but with my release fast approaching, my current answer is probably “one.”
Number of critique partners: I’m a member of three different critique groups, but there’s some overlap in group members, so I’d say I have eight regular critique partners.
Number of books you hope to publish over the next ten years: I’d love to publish twenty books over the next ten years, but I think a more realistic goal might be ten to fifteen.
Number of times you’ve pinched yourself that you really have a book out: My rough estimate is 322 times!
A FEW QUESTIONS…
- What does your work space look like? Tell us about a typical work session.
I like to start my morning writing sessions with about 15 to 20 minutes of free writing. I also find that my writing “flows” better if I take a walk before writing!
Pre-pandemic, my typical day often involved writing at a coffee shop with a few co-workers for two to three hours each morning. In the afternoon, I’d usually manage another hour of writing at home with the companions pictured below and a cup of coffee (with plenty of milk and brown sugar).
- When you need to take a creative break, do you have another activity or hobby that recharges you?
When I need a break, I like to mix up some bread dough or work in the garden (pulling weeds). Those types of repetitive activities that don’t require a ton of brain power tend to help me “unstick” and work out thorny writing problems. Swimming, too! I can’t wait to get back to swimming.
- What have been the most rewarding aspects of your writing journey so far?
When you learn that a publisher has said “yes!” to your manuscript, it’s the best feeling ever. But on a day-by-day basis, the rewards are the in the writing habit. How writing can help you try to make sense of the world for yourself and for others. And the rewards are in the relationships you build with others in the writing community. I wouldn’t be here without the support and encouragement of my critique partners. And I can’t wait for the moment when my debut is out in the world and in the hands of readers!
TIME TO PLAY…STORY SMASH!
Think about all the stories you’ve written that have hit a dead end or are hidden away in a drawer somewhere. For each of the items below, lift an element from a different story to create a weird, unexpected mash-up. Who knows? It may even inspire a new manuscript!
Character: Blue Dragon
Setting: the planet Baxwelk
Theme: confronting stereotypes
Problem: Everything makes the dragon cry and she gets teased for all that crying.
Pitch: When a freak accident results in a rare blue dragon crash landing on the planet Baxwelk, she is soon teased for what she’s always been teased for – her propensity to cry A LOT. But when a new friend inspires her to view her crying in a new light, she realizes that this “negative” might also be a positive.
A new planet with a kid-centered problem. Love it!
Leave an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, or other online site. Every time you write five reviews for debut Kidlit creators between May 1 – June 30, 2020, you can fill out this ENTRY FORM for a chance to win prizes. Gabi has generously donated a signed book. Thank you, Gabi!
For this week only, Gabi is offering a non-rhyming picture book critique, up to 1000 words. Enter by Rafflecopter below!
You can find the complete rules for the Debut Review Challenge and a downloadable record sheet to keep track of your reviews HERE.