Taking the Pain Out of Assembly Introductions

My brochure has my bio. My website has several versions. So I assume that hosts will mine those bio bits when they introduce me to the students before my assemblies. Wrong assumption. Usually, my hosts’ introductions consist of a long warning of how the kids must “be respectful” in assembly and the consequences if they […]

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Author Visit Worries

Even seasoned school visit presenters have moments of doubt, as do authors new to the circuit. Recently, when I did a presentation on author visits at the SCBWI North-Central California Spring Spirit Conference, the participants’ three major worries had to do with the content and pacing of their presentation, what fees to charge, and getting […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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