What a week!!!

August 19th, 2015

Honestly, I’m not even sure how to recap this week.

See, I had to fly to New York for a conference, but since SWAN  was pubbing on Tuesday, I decided to stay for a few extra days, to hang out with my best friend (since second grade, to whom the book is dedicated), and  celebrate/lunch with my truly fantastic agent (who also happens to be one of my best friends at this point too).  I’ve never been able to do anything like that before.

And oh, it was wonderful!

We popped by Books of Wonder, to see the book in the wild.  A total thrill!  I’ve never done an event there, and always wanted to visit.

After that, I signed copies…

Then we had a ridiculous lunch and sipped a little bubbly, because WHY NOT?  Ooh la la!

We scooted a few subway stops, to catch up with my friend Kate Milford, at McNally Jackson, where she works (though you may know her better  for her amazing award-winning books or her adorable son, Griffin).

I signed MORE copies, but mostly I played “Rabbits” with Griffin, because I HAVE MY PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!

 

But I also bought a stack of books, of COURSE, because it was THAT kind of store, and I couldn’t resist the graphic novels shelf.

After a bit, I noticed that  my feet hurt (I don’t often dress up in heels), so we headed home to eat pizza, read comics, and watch TV in pajama pants, AS ONE DOES ON PUB DAY.  Oh, the glamour!

Now I’m home again, in Atlanta, cuddling with my kids, but I have to say, this has been an amazing week. I’m so grateful to everyone who has made it possible. Everyone at Chronicle, most of all. They’ve been truly incredible in their support and creativity and excitement for this book.  But I’m also so grateful to all the friends, librarians, booksellers, teachers, neighbors, bloggers, everyone everyone everyone who has written to say MAZEL TOV.

THANK YOU TO YOU. Seriously.  Nothing has ever felt quite like this before.  It’s been pretty special.  Like having an extra birthday.
I’m a lucky girl.

A Wild Swan…

July 12th, 2015

Eeeep! Copies of SWAN are fluttering out into the world. Mr. Schu made this lovely vine when he got his copy.

 

Well, THIS happened…

July 11th, 2015

“…Lord of the Flies meets The Giver…”

HUH! WHUT? No big deal or anything…

As you may recall, I’ve been working on this book for a while now. I didn’t know, as I worked on it, whether it would find a home.  That was a feeling I hadn’t had in a long time– that sense of risk, the fear of wasting time. I wondered if I was nuts.

But I’m OVER THE MOON.  And I was able to head into summer vacation with a huge sense of relief and joy.

(which is probably why I entirely forgot to post about it here)

Just life…

May 21st, 2015

Sometimes, it’s just life.  There’s nothing to report worth reporting, or it feels like that, anyway.

Sometimes, the things worth reporting are hard things.  And you don’t feel like sharing.

I’m okay, we’re okay, everything is okay. But… it feels a little hard.

I choose to believe this is what we call, “Refilling the well.”

My friend Rachel laughed at me recently, when I whined about how I’m not writing well and I’m cranking, and watching too much TV.  She said, “Laurel, this is part of your process. You do this a lot.”

I’d like to believe that’s so.

But for now, it’s about to be summer.  The boys are finishing school, and I’m about to do a few last school visits before the end of the year.  So we’re all heading north.  In our new car, which is a 97 Volvo wagon.

I will eat snowballs in Baltimore. I will stare at the harbor.  I will wander around, and take the two lanes.  And laugh and  reset my brain.

As is my process.  I guess.

Happy summer, everyone!

 

 

SWANNING!!!!

April 15th, 2015

Well, Anna is here!  She’s in a book!  And you can meet her.

THIS  BOOK.  I’m not even sure I can explain about this book, and what it means.  I’ll write more later, about how this book came to be. Honestly, I still can’t believe it’s happening!

But the short version is that the text is a collaboration, between myself and my childhood-self.  Because as a little girl I was obsessed with Anna Pavlova.  I scribbled about her, decades ago. And now?

I guess I still am obsessed.

SWAN will be coming from the fabulous  folks at Chronicle (my first book with them!), in August.  If you’re at TLA this week, you should swing by the booth and meet Anna in person.  Some very exciting things (that I’m not at liberty to discuss) are already happening to her!  But I’ll tell you about them later, I promise.

Meanwhile, check out Anna’s pinterest page of stunning photos and ephemera, “like” her Facebook page, for book news and Pavlova-tidbits, add her to your Goodreads list, or preorder the book from one of several handy places.

I can’t wait to show you more!

Happy New Year!!! Maybe I’ll come visit you…

January 17th, 2015

Hey there!

So, it’s 2015,  and one of my resolutions for the year is to VISIT YOU!

That is to say, I want to visit more schools this year.  Talk with kids, connect with teachers, discuss how WE ARE ALL WRITERS.

Of course, I’m always willing to book a traditional school visit, but in addition to that, I’m doing what Deborah Wiles calls a “shoestring tour” this spring– hitting the road to share Seven Stories Up with kids, since it’s got a snappy new paperback cover, and I didn’t tour when it came out in hardcover.

This means that I’ll be doing some FREE one-session school visits, in the Southeast and Midatlantic.  Ideally in places with bookstores  that can help coordinate a few schools a day.  I’ve already got some things lined up in Georgia, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and that’s plenty, but while I’m on the road I might as well  pop in and say hello to YOU.

So if you think you might be interested, drop me an email, and we’ll see if we can’t make it work!

 

Crazy wonderful news…

December 3rd, 2014

 

I can’t BELIEVE I sold this book.  It feels impossible, a book like this. And yet there it is, on Publisher’s Marketplace…

Author of BAXTER, THE PIG WHO WANTED TO BE KOSHER Laurel Snyder’s HUNGRY JIM, about a kid who wakes up feeling ravenously hungry and gobbles up his mom, instead of the pancakes she’s lovingly made for him, to Melissa Manlove at Chronicle Children’s, by Tina Wexler at ICM (World).

It feels funny, that my next 6 books will be picture books.  I’m still at slow work on The Orphan Island.  But I’m not rushing it.   I’ve gotten used to doing novels now, but picture books feel like poems to me, when I’m working on them. And poetry is where this all began, for me…

New cover!!!

November 8th, 2014

I’ve never had a paperback cover that was different from the hardcover before, but for Seven Stories Up, we decided to freshen things up.

What do you think???

Change of email…

October 16th, 2014

I seem to be locked out of my hotmail account, which I’ve used in the past for corresponding through the site. If you’re having trouble getting in touch, or you haven’t received a reply, please email laurelsnyderauthor@gmail.com

On our way to the THRIFT SHOP…

September 15th, 2014

Today, Lew and I had an hour to kill, before we needed to pick Mose up from school. I decided to run some errands, and stopped home to pick up a big bag of clothes for the thrift shop, as well as a laundry basket full of books…


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ew did NOT like my idea of donating the basket of books.

But then we drove by a Little Free Library, situated right at Lew’s old preschool, and he said he thought it might be okay to donate a few books to the Ormewood School.   So we did that.

Then we drove a little further down Woodland, and found…. THIS!

Wow, Lew was really impressed with the metalworking!  He rewarded the library with a few books.

We continued to head to the thrift shop, but guess what we ran into, right on that same street?

After that we dropped off the big bag of clothes, and it was time to head back to the school to get Mose.  But on our way we got a little sidetracked…

And then, at the elementary school itself, we simply couldn’t resist…

By now we only had about half the books left!  And when Mose heard what we’d been doing, he wanted in on the fun.  So we drive the 2 miles home verrrry slowly home, and we found…

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All on our drive home from school!

Now we were down to four books (which someone insisted we could NOT give away). So we decided to go home for a snack.

But not without doubling back to one of our previous stops first.  Because, as Lew explained, “Mose, you have GOT to see the faucet.”

Faucet? What faucet?

Umm…

Man, I love my neighborhood.