7 Ways to Make Indie Booksellers Love You

by Catherine Linka As the children’s and YA book buyer for Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in La Caňada, California, Catherine Linka as had countless experiences with authors and school visits. But many authors are clueless about etiquette. Take a look at the tips she shares and ee how you might improve your approach. 1. Be […]

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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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Happy Birthday, Kite Book!

Today my new picture book for older readers launches — both literally and figuratively! We’re heading up to Ventura Harbor this afternoon with family and friends for a kite-fest birthday celebration. So Happy Birthday to The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Wlash and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge. Later this month, I’ll be traveling to Niagara […]

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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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School Visit Tips for 2011: Part 3

This is our third group of tips for school visits to get you off to a good start this season. When choosing dates for a visit that will occur during snow season, I always ask the school to choose two dates: our preferred date and a snow date. This way, I’m sure to have at […]

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