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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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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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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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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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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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 Doing School Visits: Advice from Kelly Milner Halls

by Kelly Milner Halls For several years, I didn’t dare do school visits. I was afraid I had nothing of value to offer. So I observed other speakers. I borrowed this thing from one author, that thing from another and prepared. Then I did school visits for free, until I found out if those things […]

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Telling Stories About Yourself

Humans are wired for stories. So if you really want audiences to connect with you, weave stories about yourself into your presentations. Have you ever read Reader’s Digest? I used to flip to the columns “Life in These United States,” “Humor in Uniform” and “Laughter the Best Medicine.” I loved these 100-150-word jolts of stories. […]

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How I Got Back Into the School Visit Game

Guest Post by Joanne Rocklin   “While I’d been gone . . . kids had been born who’d actually never seen an old-fashioned slide projector! I was riddled with anxiety.”  I hadn’t published for a few years, but if you love writing and it’s one of the few things you do well, eventually you go back […]

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