IndieView with Christine Reynebeau, author of Guts.

I had 5 illustrators start working on it and back out before I met Brandi at a YMCA event, while working, and she helped me finish the product! The two that have truly impacted my writing are Dr. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Its absolute chaos, but it’s all about letting the story come to me naturally. Once I had the idea in my head, it took me about 8 hours over the course of two weeks to bring it all together and get the right rhymes! Do you outline? It probably isn’t recommended, but I don’t storyboard anything, because once I get an illustrator working on it, I want them to read the story and design the images with their own creativity. Not at all. What are you working on now? How long did it take you to write it? This story is about trusting our intuition and reminding ourselves to   always trust that gut feeling, even if it doesn’t make sense to everyone else. December 2019 will be 6 years since I started this journey and I’m nowhere near the success I really want yet, but I’m getting closer. The key for me is that I am flexible with the process, that nothing is forced. Once written, I have a handful of people read it for editing and flow. Where did you get the idea from? It went better than winging it, so I’ll probably stick with it! The illustrations and getting them completed was the biggest struggle. Technically, ages 2-8 are a great audience for my books, but no, I’ve had new parents start using the books with their infants and I’ve seen them given to college students as a gift. I grew up with Kevin Henke books; he was my mom’s favorite. It takes work. Both. I used to just wing it, but over time I’ve learned a lot of great marketing strategies, so with my most recent book, I had a fully outlined 2 week marketing plan. End of Interview:
For more from Christine, visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page. And as an adult, I grew to really appreciate Dr. It really depends on how well the storylines are coming together. Suess. I am a small indie press, so at this point in time, I use my personal team of supporters to edit my stories. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? About You
Where did you grow up? And as an adult, I grew to really appreciate Dr. I start by brainstorming life lessons and marketability of those lessons, always reaching out to my social media audiences for help too. Christine Reynebeau – 19 August 2019
The Back Flap
For ages 3-9… Henry didn’t understand what his mom meant when she said his guts would tell him what to do. I’m an ally for the new authors. Being a children’s book author, the stories I write are shorter and rhyming, so I write in poem format and then move it into pages. It’s been shared work between myself and my illustrators. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? If so can you please describe it? Get your copy of   Guts from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Both authors used their platform to teach some really meaningful lessons, while still having fun with it and that’s what I want to be known for too.   Great for elementary schools, at bedtime, or as gifts. About the book
What is the book about? Help parents to start the meaningful discussion about the power of kindness, our personal resiliency, and new ways to address bullying! Both authors used their platform to teach some really meaningful lessons, while still having fun with it and that’s what I want to be known for too. Suess. So, do your research (lots of it, be guarded and educated about who gets your money or support), build a support system, create a schedule, ask other authors questions, and if you start, don’t give up easily. And then at the end, I have a trusted team to critique the book, proofread for errors and help with reading flow. Sometimes I start writing first or I pick from my 5 characters in the series to visualize who will help me tell the story: Lucy, Henry, or the dogs. I try not to force a book to be written, and this book came most naturally to me of any of my books. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Guts is about a young man who is faced with a difficult choice and needs to trust his instincts. Do you have a target reader? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? No one was there for me in the first handful of years. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Suess and Kevin Henke. I am working on publishing another author yet this year and then I’ll have my 6th book releasing in Spring of 2020. So if I have to do all the work alone, why not learn how to format a book, publish it and build a business? I aim to be the person I needed. What came easily? I started with a vanity press for my first two books, then went indie, but took it a step farther to start designing my own indie publishing company. I work in youth development and I was talking with some young people who didn’t really understand what people meant about following intuition. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Then at recess, his guts help him to make the right decision. And for me, that was something I had been doing my whole life, so I realized that this could be a really valuable lesson to help people to understand, in case no one ever explained it to them. Sometimes I walk away if it’s not coming to me and don’t come back to the story until words are flowing smoothly. Now I have all the transparency I wanted, control over the message my business adds to the industry and the costs that are incurred. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Sometimes and if I do, I usually listen to Pandora: Coffeehouse Covers Station or Hold On by Walk the Earth Station
About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? The story came easiest. No, that was too costly and time consuming, so I learned the publishing world and built my own publishing company. We all know how important it is for writers to read. When did you start writing the book? You have to want it badly, because it can be a lot of hard days before you get the satisfying experiences. “I love the messaging about trusting one’s self and the book was a wonderful catalyst to discuss doing things for the right reasons.” -Amazon Review
Children’s book that takes real-world lessons and makes them fun and palatable. Remembering with his mom, when his guts tell him it’s not a good idea, he trusts his guts and chooses to do something else. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? And sometimes I have to leave myself voice memos as I’m walking with my dog or driving somewhere. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Green Bay, Wisconsin
Where do you live now? Wausau, Wisconsin
What would you like readers to know about you? Did you hire a professional editor? It was gradual, over the course of 3 years, but really it came down to me realizing that my first press was doing very little to support me. That is actually what extended the timelines by a full year and half. And even then, indie books are not for the weak of heart. I grew up with Kevin Henke books; he was my mom’s favorite. The character of Henry in this story is entirely fictitious, but he emulates a lot of the young people I worked with. I started writing the book in 2014 and officially published it in 2016. And I’m building my own dream, not someone else’s. Find me on social media and reach out if you need advice, help or support. There is a lot of re-reading and changing words. Do you listen to music while you write? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)