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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Tense About School Visits? You Don’t Have to Do Them

Are you the kind of author or illustrator who finds doing school visits to be excruciatingly painful?

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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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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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A Simple Card

I don’t know about you, but I get a thrill when my mailbox includes “real” mail with hand-addressed envelopes and pretty stamps, not just catalogues and advertising (which go immediately in my recycle bin.) Teachers, librarians and booksellers are no different.  A simple card that says “thanks” for what they do gives their day a […]

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4 Ways to Make Librarians Love Your School Visit: Advice from Toni Buzzeo

Toni Buzzeo, award-winning author, librarian and educator, has been giving great advice to authors and illustrators even long before the publication of her book, Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links, co-authored with Jane Kurtz, in 1999. Read on to find out her expert suggestions for making terrific school visit […]

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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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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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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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