Ruth Snyder is more than a Twitter guru.
Let’s get to know her. . .
Ruth L. Snyder lives in scenic northeastern Alberta, Canada with her husband, Kendall, and five children ages seven to seventeen. She enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, fiction, and non-fiction. Ruth also enjoys teaching Music for Young Children and capturing beauty with her camera. She is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN and currently serves as President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Ruth, tell us a little about your writing journey. Just who is “Ruth L. Snyder?”
I learned to write at an early age because my family lived in southern Africa, away from our relatives in North America. There was no internet yet, so letters were the only way to keep in touch. As the years went by, reading and writing nurtured my soul and helped me work through the many moves our family experienced. (My parents served as missionaries.)
As an adult, I continued to hone my writing skills by taking courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature, Long Ridge Writers’ Group and online. I squeezed writing in as much as possible. I won my first major writing competition in 2009 (from The Word Guild) and started calling myself a writer. However, with five children it’s a challenge to make time for writing. I’ve made it a practice to get up early, read my Bible and pray, and then write before I wake the rest of the family. I’m thankful for the many doors writing has opened for me.
You are teaching Twitter savvy. What brought this about?
I started out on Twitter shortly after I won the writing competition. A fellow writer suggested I could use Twitter as a mini-blog since I didn’t think I had time to actually blog. Twitter opened a whole new world for me. I discovered how to network, do research, and advocate on Twitter, both personally and in my job as a school board trustee.
I found Twitter intuitive, but people around me seemed confused and frustrated. Several of my friends told me I should write a book teaching people how to use Twitter, but I ignored them. I took a look at the resources and discovered a lack of material that walked people step by step through the process of opening an account and using Twitter effectively. My children who have special needs have taught me how to break a process down into steps. The response I’ve had to my Twitter books (Learn Twitter Beginning and Intermediate)has been extremely positive.
What present projects are brewing?
I have one more book in the Twitter series to write (advanced steps). People have also been asking for a paperback version of the books, so I’ll probably compile all three books into the series and publish a paperback. I have had requests to do a similar series for Pinterest and Linked In. I would also like to write more devotional books, as I’ve had great responses to my
Uplifting Devotionals for Parents. I’m also thinking about writing some children’s books. I teach Music for Young Children and have a hard time finding the type of books I like to read to my students.
Where will you go from here in 2-5 years?
This year I had the opportunity to join Shelley Hitz’s Author Audience Academy. It’s a great program which not only teaches you how to self-publish books, but also develop other products, courses, and coaching programs. In 2-5 years I hope to have a whole course developed around social media and writing. (I’m trying to figure out what to focus on, because I know I can’t do it all. Lol)
Any final thoughts or tidbits?
If you’re a writer, you need to be part of a community that can support you, give you honest feedback, celebrate your successes, and give you perspective when you receive rejections and bad reviews. I belong to InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship, The Word Guild, and The Christian PEN. I’ve also found many helpful groups on Facebook and Linked In.
Self publishing provides many opportunities, but also some pitfalls. It is even more important to write well, work with great editors, build a team of beta readers and reviewers, and be open to learning new things.
Ruth L. Snyder
Author of Cecile’s Christmas Miracle, Shadows and Sunshine,
Life Lessons, Uplifting Devotionals for Parents, and Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps