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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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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A Better Offer?

So here’s the deal. You get a call from some group to speak at their event. You say yes. There might be 30 people there, the host says. We’re so excited you can come. You pen it on your calendar and forget about it. The date is a long way off. And then you get […]

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Janet Wong Shares “5 Things I’ve Learned About Doing School Visits”

1. Make an effort to keep expenses low. Recently I had the choice of driving, flying, or taking a train to a university conference where I was a speaker. Knowing that the conference was on a tight budget, I chose to drive, which saved at least $250 for the university. They reimbursed me in the loveliest […]

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