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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Weigh-In: Do Author Visits Make a Difference?

Do author visits make a difference in the lives of kids? We think they do. And at the end of this post, I encourage you to weigh-in with an example. Among writers, those who write for children are in a special category. We’re called on to motivate, inspire and educate students, not just to sell […]

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Connecting Author Visits with Picture Book Month: Advice from Dianne de Las Casas

 If you haven’t ridden the wave of Picture Book Month activities this year, it’s never too early to start planning for next year.  My friend and founder of this celebration, Dianne de Las Casas, author, storyteller, and children’s book advocate extraordinaire, gives terrific advice on just how to do this!  +  +  + Picture Book […]

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4 Ways to Make Librarians Love Your School Visit: Advice from Toni Buzzeo

Toni Buzzeo, award-winning author, librarian and educator, has been giving great advice to authors and illustrators even long before the publication of her book, Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links, co-authored with Jane Kurtz, in 1999. Read on to find out her expert suggestions for making terrific school visit […]

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5 Things I’ve Learned About School Visits: Advice from Laura Purdie Salas

In this series, expert school visit presenters share what they’ve learned from experiences in the trenches. Thanks to Laura Purdie Salas for the following contribution.   1.      The school owns you for the day. Do all your negotiating ahead of time. Make sure the schedule is do-able, that you have your necessary bathroom breaks, etc. […]

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7 Ways to Make Indie Booksellers Love You

by Catherine Linka As the children’s and YA book buyer for Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in La Caňada, California, Catherine Linka as had countless experiences with authors and school visits. But many authors are clueless about etiquette. Take a look at the tips she shares and ee how you might improve your approach. 1. Be […]

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2 Economical Bookplate Solutions

 The other day, my friend Barbara Elizabeth Walsh wrote to me for advice:  “I’m on the road looking for author bookplates. One school didn’t get their book delivery and I promised I would send inscribed bookplates to them as soon as I retuned home. Do you have any suggestions?”   It’s disappointing – to you […]

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Is Munching Lunch in Your Contract?

Does your stomach growl after a doing a couple of high-energy assemblies? In my letter of agreement, I ask the school to provide lunch for me on the day of my visit. Sometimes, hosts will pick up lunch for me at a local restaurant (i.e. Panera, Subway) and bring it back to the school. Other times, […]

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