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Media Kit for Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider

Terms of use: I, Tui Snider, give permission for any and all of the information and photos on this page to be used for promoting my books and other creative projects both in print and online publications. 

Interviews, Guest Posts, Articles & Speaking Engagements:
I am available for interviews, guest posts, articles, and speaking engagements. To make arrangements, please email me at TuiSnider@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

To see past interviews, reviews, and news for this book, visit: Understanding Cemetery Symbols – Interviews, News & Reviews!

Contents: What’s in this media kit?

To quickly navigate through this page, use the links below:
Tui Snider bios – short, medium & full length
Brief description of Tui’s 5 books
Tui’s social media links
Book blurb for Understanding Cemetery Symbols
Sample interview questions to ask Tui
Additional sample questions for paranormal-themed outlets
30-second Book Trailer
Head shot, photos and graphics

Tui Snider bios – short, medium & full length

Short Bio
Tui Snider is a writer, speaker, photographer, and musician specializing in offbeat sites, overlooked history, cemetery symbolism, and haunted lore. Her award-winning books includee Paranormal TexasThe Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, Unexpected Texas, and Understanding Cemetery Symbols.
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Medium Bio:
Tui Snider is an award-winning writer, speaker, photographer, and musician specializing in offbeat sites, overlooked history, cemetery symbolism, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction, but then I moved to Texas!”

Tui lectures frequently at universities, libraries, conferences and bookstores. Her best-selling books include Paranormal TexasThe Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, Unexpected Texas, and Understanding Cemetery Symbols.

In August 2017, Tui Snider releases her 5th book. Called Understanding Cemetery Symbols, this book is a guide to the forgotten meaning of the symbols and acronyms our ancestors left on their headstones. Preorder sales are going so well that Understanding Cemetery Symbols has already become an Amazon best seller!

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Full bio:
Tui Snider is an award-winning author, speaker, photographer, and musician who specializes in quirky, offbeat and overlooked places, historic graveyards, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!”

After living in Belgium, Italy, and a tiny island with a population of 7, Tui now calls the state of Texas her home. Even so, she has experienced as much culture shock in the Lone Star State as she ever did overseas!

For Tui, travel is a mindset. Her motto is “Even home is a travel destination,” and she believes “The world is only boring if you take everyone else’s word for it.”

Snider’s best-selling books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas 

In August 2017, Tui Snider releases her 5th book. Called Understanding Cemetery Symbols, this book is a guide to the forgotten meaning of symbols and acronyms our ancestors left on their headstones. Preorder sales are going so well that Understanding Cemetery Symbols has already become an Amazon best seller!

Tui lectures frequently at universities, libraries, conferences and bookstores. In 2016, she was the writer-in-residence for Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review. In 2017, she taught a series of courses at Texas Christian University based on her books. 

Snider’s writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and many more.

In addition, Tui is a singer/songwriter who plays several instruments. Listeners frequently describe her dream pop album, Come to My Senses, as “mystical” and “magical.” 

Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. In addition to writing and music, she is an avid photographer. 

Snider has several more books in progress, and is working on her next album. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com

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Brief description of Tui’s 5 books

1. Tui’s first book, Unexpected Texas,  is a travel guide to quirky, offbeat and overlooked places within easy reach of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. It was released on March 2, 2014 and remains a bestseller in Dallas – Fort Worth Travel on Amazon. In 2015, this book won first place in the North Texas Book Festival.

2. Tui’s second book, Paranormal Texas is a travel guide to haunted places in north Texas. It was released in October 2014 and also remains an Amazon bestseller.

3. Tui’s third book, The Lynching of the Santa Bank Robber, is a strange-but-true tale of West Texas history. This book was released in March of 2016, and came in 2nd place in the North Texas Book Festival that year.

4. Tui’s fourth book, Come to My Senses, is a companion book of lyrics and photos for the dream pop CD she released in conjunction with her first photography exhibit and writing residency for Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review in 2016.

5. Tui’s fifth book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Workbook for Exploring Historic Graveyards, is currently available for pre-order as both a paperback and an ebook. The ebook is currently on several Amazon bestseller lists and has reached number one on at least two of them. The book officially releases on August 19, 2017.

6. Who knows? Tui has several more book manuscripts in the works!
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Find Tui Snider on Social Media

Website: TuiSnider.com
Amazon Author page:  Tui Snider, Author
Facebook: Tui Snider, Author
Twitter: @TuiSnider
Instagram: @TuiSnider
YouTube Channel: Tui Snider

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Blurb for Understanding Cemetery Symbols

Graveyards don’t exist merely to shelter the dead. They also nurture the living. As strange as it sounds, America’s garden cemeteries were our nation s first public parks! People used to visit graveyards not just to mourn the dead, but to have a fun day in nature.

Yes, FUN!

More and more of America’s cemeteries are applying for arboretum status and being placed on the historical register. Many now offer tours, annual festivals and events which run the gamut from jazz picnics, birding, costumed reenactments, performances of Shakespeare, and more.

Along with this renewed appreciation for historic cemeteries, comes the realization that we have forgotten the meaning behind many of the symbols and acronyms our ancestors left on their headstones.

Tui Snider s book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols, describes the meaning behind the symbols and architecture found in the historic graveyards of America.

History buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters and other curiosity seekers will gain a deeper appreciation for these “messages from the dead” with a copy of Tui Snider’s book on their shelf, or better yet, in their hands, as they explore America’s open-air museums for themselves! (Find it on Amazon.com by clicking here.)

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Sample interview questions

  • What inspired you to write Understanding Cemetery Symbols?
  • What makes the symbols on modern headstones so different compared to ones from the past?
  • Is it true that garden cemeteries were America’s first public parks? How did that happen?
  • Why was grave robbery such a big deal in the 1800’s?
  • Why is it ironic that Victorian used urns on graves so frequently?
  • What are some cemetery practices that seem weird to us now, but were normal to early Americans?
  • Why do you like to joke that “All roads lead to Greece”?
  • What do you mean by “just because it’s written in stone, doesn’t mean it’s written in stone”?
  • Why are there so many cemetery monuments that look like big tree trunks in the south?
  • What’s the difference between a coffin and a casket, and why was this controversial at one time?
  • How did you research this book?
  • You’re a world traveler. Why did you decide to focus on the USA for this book?
  • What are scraped graves and when was this practice popular in America?
  • Tell us about the companion workbooks you created for Understanding Cemetery Symbols.
  • What tips do you have for people who want to explore historic graveyards?
  • How can readers get your book for 1/2 price?

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Extra interview questions for paranormal outlets

  • Why do you think there are so many ghost stories surrounding graveyards? Are graveyards more haunted than other places?
  • Have you ever had a paranormal experience in a historic graveyard?

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30 second book trailer for Understanding Cemetery Symbols

Here’s a 30-second long book trailer for Understanding Cemetery Symbols which was created by Tui Snider and features her song, “Terrified,” from Come to My Senses. If you watch it, please give it a like! It could use some love:

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Photos & Graphics

The following images are available for media use, and are all copyright Tui Snider
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Head shot of Tui Snider
Head shot of Tui Snider

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Head shot of Tui Snider

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Tui Snider at a book festival
Tui Snider at a book festival

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Tui Snider out exploring a historic cemetery.
Tui Snider out exploring a historic cemetery.

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.
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