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Authors on Stage: Picking Up Performance Tips

Are you working on a new presentation? Or perhaps trying to beef up an old one? One of the best ways to get fresh ideas is to see authors and illustrators in action. And festival showcases are a perfect way to see many all in one spot in a single day. Case in point: on […]

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A Vibrant Author Visit Partnership: Giffen Memorial Elementary School & First Presbyterian Church of Albany

For years, various writing projects brought me to the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue in Albany, New York. Not once had I taken a left-hand turn onto Pearl Street on my way up the hill to the library. If I had, I would have bumped smack into Giffen Memorial Elementary School, a Title […]

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Example: School Visit Video

Here’s a 1:20 minute school visit promotional video by Tina Nichols Coury that promises a star-spangled presentation.

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Make a Video Calling Card for School Visits

After my last post, author Carrie Pearson invited me to take a tour of her website to see what I thought about her school visit pages. A brave soul! The first thing I saw — and clicked on – was a video posted prominently at the top of her school visit page. In the next […]

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School Visits – Are You Easy for Hosts to Find?

It’s one thing to say that you want to do school visits. But are you making it difficult for potential host to find you?

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Help! What Do I Do with an Antsy Audience?

What do you do when audience behaviors distract during your presentation?

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How Can You Entice Teens to Your Library Programs?

What carrot can you have the library offer to motivate an audience to show up?

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Tense About School Visits? You Don’t Have to Do Them

Are you the kind of author or illustrator who finds doing school visits to be excruciatingly painful?

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Should Teachers Evaluate Authors’ Presentations?

When visiting schools, authors are educators. The only way to find out if we’re on the right track with our presentations is to get feedback through evaluations.

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