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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Example: School Visit Video

Here’s a 1:20 minute school visit promotional video by Tina Nichols Coury that promises a star-spangled presentation.

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Make a Video Calling Card for School Visits

After my last post, author Carrie Pearson invited me to take a tour of her website to see what I thought about her school visit pages. A brave soul! The first thing I saw — and clicked on – was a video posted prominently at the top of her school visit page. In the next […]

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School Visits – Are You Easy for Hosts to Find?

It’s one thing to say that you want to do school visits. But are you making it difficult for potential host to find you?

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How Can You Entice Teens to Your Library Programs?

What carrot can you have the library offer to motivate an audience to show up?

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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 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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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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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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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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