Nicole Ruble interview with David Alan Binder

posted Apr 14, 2016, 6:20 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:21 AM ]

Nicole Ruble interview with David Alan Binder

 Her website:           www.nicolerubel.com

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ReadingKidsGifts?ref=hdr_shop_menu

  1.    How do you pronounce your name? 

Rubel sounds like Rubell.

2.    Where are you currently living?

 Farm in Aurora, Or. 

 3.    What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

 Writing is hard work. 

 4.    What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?

 Once I get going on a story the characters wake me to talk about themselves. 

 5.    Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they?

 My two main publishers to date have been Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Dial Books for Young Readers

 6.    Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I prefer conventional publishing. My artwork is beautiful and more special on the printed page.  

 7.    Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published? 

 Secrets? Hey, let me know!

 8.    How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent?  Any tips for new writers on getting one?

 Treat getting an agent like getting a publisher. They are equally hard. 

 9.    Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?

 Try with magazines first. They are more open to new people. 

10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?

 Coming up with art styles to match a new writing style has been a fun challenge for me! I like challenges. 

11. How many books have you written? 

 I’ve written about half the books I’ve illustrated. About 30. One adult humor book called, Getting Married: A Guide for the Bride-To-Be, by Nicole Rubel. The other books were picture books or mid-grade novels for children. 

12. Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)? 

 Read, read and keep reading! 

13. What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?

 My artwork is unique. Creating an art style or writing style takes years of work and one day it springs out!

14. What are some ways in which you promote your work?

 School visits and conferences are good places to promote. It is important to learn how to speak well to kids and adults if you go this route. Humor goes a long way too and not taking your self too seriously.

15. What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?

 I would speak out when running into problems with an author’s work and trust my instincts. It’s taken me many years to understand my instincts were always very good. Diplomacy is an excellent skill when working with people. 

 16. What would you like carved onto your tombstone?  Or what saying or mantra do you live by?

 Rotten Ralph’s Mom

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