How Much Should I Charge? Three Rules of Thumb

I researched school visit fees posted for author and illustrator appearances on a publisher’s site and this is what I discovered.

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Getting Invitations to Speak at Local, State and National Conferences

There are four basic ways for authors to be visible at local, state and national conferences.

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5 Ways to Encourage Schools to Read Your Book Before Your Visit

It’s a no-brainer: before you visit a school, all the kids should’ve have heard or read your books. . . But — is it just me, or is this happening less and less? Here’s how to encourage schools to introduce your books to kids.

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Podcast: Evergreen School Visit Advice

Grab your earbuds and turn up your speakers for some “evergreen” school visit advice on getting gigs, setting fees, handling crowds and more.

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Go Deeper: Multi-session Writing Workshops

If you’re like me, we do school visits that are typically one-shot, Big Events. For example, my visits typically involve doing large-group assemblies and smaller writing workshops for upper-grade kids all on the same day. But here’s something I’ve done recently that I love:  working with a single classroom in my local community over a […]

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Tips for Hotel Stays

Whether staying in a hotel for one night or a week of nights, here are some tips for making the experience a more pleasant one.

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5 Things to Do While Schools Are Sleeping

If you do these five simple tasks (six, if you count the Bonus task!), you’ll be in great shape when the school year revs up again in August!

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A Simple Card

I don’t know about you, but I get a thrill when my mailbox includes “real” mail with hand-addressed envelopes and pretty stamps, not just catalogues and advertising (which go immediately in my recycle bin.) Teachers, librarians and booksellers are no different.  A simple card that says “thanks” for what they do gives their day a […]

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Pricing Lessons

The new year is approaching fast. School visit invitations are ramping up – but so is your blood pressure. Do you feel as if you are constantly justifying your school visit fees to yourself and others? Do you second guess whether your services are priced to best reflect the content — and motivation — you […]

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Author Visit Survey

Dear Readers – Are you a published author and a member of SCBWI? I have a challenge for you. My goal is to get 1,000 teachers and librarians who have hosted author visits in the past to respond to a very brief Author Visit Survey at http://tinyurl.com/kzjnutv How can you help? Send a short personal message […]

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