About Yasmine Hamdi:
I am fifteen years old and want to inspire children to protect wildlife and take care of our planet. I am an honors English student and live in New York with my family. An avid reader, surfer, competitive swimmer and world traveler, I’ve been to many places around the globe. Tunisia, in North Africa and Costa Rica are among my favorite destinations.
What inspires you to write?
Everything around me; I’m always keeping my ears and eyes open for things that might inspire a new story. When I see news articles or documentaries about important topics (such as deforestation, endangered animals, etc…), it makes me determined to spread the word and show kids that they can join the fight to save America’s wildlife.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have an idea, I brainstorm. Then come the characters, the plot and the details of the story. I find the details the easiest to write about because they are usually minor things that aren’t hugely important to the plot, but where a lot of the characters’ personalities are shown.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Once I create a character, I try to imagine how they would think if they were real people. I also ask myself a lot of questions. What would they do if this happened? How would they react in this case?…
What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop reading, writing or marketing. Build your audience and get them excited about your next books. Try to organize events/book signings where people can meet you in person. Meet other authors who are trying to achieve the same goal as you and exchange advice and tips with them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was rejected quite a few times and after many attempts to fix my seemingly hopeless query letter, I researched self-publication. I knew that signing with an agent was hard, often taking several years, and even that did not guarantee they can sell it to a publisher. I liked the idea of doing my own marketing, getting more royalties and picking the design/cover of the book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing will be even more popular in the future. This is an era of technology, and there will just be more self-publishing services and online marketing opportunities.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Middle Grade, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Yasmine Hamdi Page On Amazon
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