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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Understanding Schools, Avoiding Miscommunications

Life is busy for your school visit hosts. Miscommunications happen. . . But before going all “prima donna” or “pezzonovante” on them, cut schools some slack.

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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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