School Visits – Letters of Agreement

When a school wants to hire you, the process usually begins with an email. With successive emails, you and the host iron out the terms and details of your author visit. While some authors then send a formal contract to the host to sign, I send a Letter of Agreement. This is essentially a contract […]

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Be in Control of Your Author Visit Schedule

Here’s what I find surprising – when I hear seasoned authors start with these words, “I didn’t know until they sent me the schedule . . . “ The sentence is completed in any number of ways: “. . . that the host didn’t schedule lunch” “. . .has me addressing Pre-Ks and I write […]

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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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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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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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Perfect Parking

I circled the school three times before I found a spot. Time crunched, I schlepped a backpack, props, and equipment in the rain across a busy street and around massive puddles to the site of my school visit. Parking. This may seem like a tiny detail in the scheme of things – but to start […]

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10 Must-Haves in Your School Visit Contract

Whether you have a formal school visit contract, a letter of agreement or terms worked out through email, when booking an appearance, here are some main items you should address, in writing, with your host: Date(s) of event Honorarium: Specify how much you will be paid and when the payment is due. Expenses: When traveling […]

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