Tips for Hotel Stays

Whether staying in a hotel for one night or a week of nights, here are some tips for making the experience a more pleasant one.

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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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9 Ways to Get Teachers to Love Your Author Visit

What qualities do teachers look for in a visiting author? I decided to go to the source! I asked public school teacher and children’s author, Rebecca Langston-George, for advice. Rebecca is a past president of the Kern County Reading Association, host of the Young Authors’ Fair, which is, in my opinion, one of the best-run […]

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4 Tips for Book Festival Presentations

Book festivals offer big challenges to authors and illustrators when it comes to keeping the crowd focused and engaged in your presentation. In school assemblies, you’re confident that the kids have a collective understanding of the school’s rules and are grouped by age. You can use a PowerPoint presentation to great effect. But book festivals […]

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Packing

Really – is there anyone out there who loves packing? I have suitcase envy. I keep searching for the perfect carry-on that can contain my clothes, school visit props, handouts, hostess gift, and computer (and, sometimes, data projector) and still be light enough to lift into the overhead compartment. I haven’t been successful yet. As […]

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Freshen Your Images and Props

 If you’ve been using the same props and PowerPoint show for over a year, it may be time for an overhaul. Are your props large enough to be seen at the far end of the multipurpose room?  If not, you’re leaving out a significant portion of your audience. Consider taking time this summer to exaggerate […]

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School Visit Tips for 2011: Part 1

Here are some helpful tips for you from expert presenters as we swing into High Author Visit Season.  Because there are so many great bits of advice, I’ve broken them up into three posts, so watch for them. To break the ice with a roomful of kindergartners, ask them to reach into their pockets… and […]

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A PowerPoint Jam

Recently, I was doing a presentation at a conference for reading teachers with two other authors.  The three of us had met twice to plan our session and had conversed via email.  Two of us had pre-loaded our PowerPoint shows onto my netbook and gave them a test-drive.  Our third partner lived a bit farther […]

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Props: Make ’em BIG!

A few years ago, author/illustrator Marianne Wallace had an assembly challenge.  Like most authors who present in elementary schools, she would usually be placed in a large multipurpose room to do three assemblies for grades K-6.  Audience sizes might range from 150 per session in small schools to 250-350 per session in the larger schools. […]

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Props: Ears & Noses & Kids

A wonderful way to engage kids in your presentation is by using props.  A friend of mine has a collection of plush puppets representing each of the animal characters in her books. These are a terrific way to show kids attributes of the animals and can work well in a small library or classroom setting.  […]

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