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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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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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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4th of July School Visit Lessons from Dad

  It dawned on me the other day that so much of what I learned about doing school visits, I learned from my dad – on the 4th of July. And this was years before I even thought about becoming a children’s book writer. I grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts on a dead-end street with […]

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Signature Openings

Even outgoing authors get butterflies before school assemblies or other presentations. A little anxiety is a good thing! But don’t let nervousness to derail the rest of your presentation.One way to avoid this is by having a signature opening.  A signature opening means that you choose specific way to begin each presentation. Since the opening […]

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Scoping Out a School

Before I visit a school, I explore the school’s website try to find out as much as I can such as Location & directions (obviously) School mascot School colors Upcoming special events Total population Minority population Number of classes per grade level   This information gives me a feel for the approximate sizes of the […]

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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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ASK ALEXIS: How Should I Shape My Workshop for Students?

  My email inbox sees a steady stream of authors asking for advice on how to handle specific school visit situations. Since these concerns are the concerns of many, I thought I’d do a little “Dear Abby” here and post the question and my response in case this might help you, too.  Dear Alexis, I […]

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Latest Buzz Phrase for “Educational Standards”

Author and teacher Darcy Pattison has an interesting post on her “Fiction Notes” blog: “What Do New Education Standards Mean for Writers?”  The new buzz phrase and acronym for curriculum or educational standards is Common Core Standards (CCSS).  While Darcy’s post focuses on how to use CCSS to inspire story ideas, you can use them […]

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