How to Set Up Author Virtual School Visits

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Skype is showing real promise for schools and authors to connect.  Making this connection via Skype or other video conferencing software is called a Virtual school visit. It’s no secret that school budgets are being squeezed tighter each year which is limiting what schools can do for added beneficial curriculum.  Authors may have a limited budget and time constraint to do … [Read more...]

What If You Have Stage Fright?

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If you are nervous about speaking in public, you are not alone - lots of people HATE to stand up and speak in front of a group of people, especially strangers. In some surveys, people have indicated that they would rather get cancer than speak in public! If you are worried about public speaking, start small. Offer to pay a free visit to one classroom. Notice what the kids … [Read more...]

Why Authors Should Do School Visits

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One important benefit of author school visits is that schools pay authors to present programs to the students. If you don’t need the money, is there any reason to do author visits to schools? First of all, breathes there an author/illustrator who does NOT need the money? However, if you are one of the fortunate few who do not need the income from author school visits, … [Read more...]

How Much Are Authors Paid for School Visits?

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My stipend has increased over time. When I began, I charged $300/day. That included 4-5 programs of 45-minutes each, plus autographing and lunch with selected students. Over time, I raised my rates – usually by $50-100 each year. Today, with 9 books in print and a decade of experience as a visiting author, I average about 25 school visits each year, and at the end of the … [Read more...]

How Do Authors Prepare for School Visits?

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In addition to creating a program, there are other things authors should do to prepare for a school visit. I usually exchange at least 4 emails or phone calls with the person who is arranging my visit… I ask to see the day’s schedule so I can make suggestions, like grouping children by age/grade and allowing “travel time” between programs. I ask for directions to the … [Read more...]

What Do Authors Do During School Visits?

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One good way to develop a school program is by watching what other author/illustrators do. Call the media specialists at schools in your area to see if they are hosting a visit, and ask if you can join the audience. You will discover that many authors/illustrators talk about their experience (their creating/publishing “journey”) – how their first book was researched, … [Read more...]

The ABCs of Author School Visits

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As soon as my first book was published, I began visiting classrooms, schools, and libraries to talk to young readers about writing. I’m a former teacher and a mom, and my colleagues - as well as my children’s teachers - invited me to speak to their students and library patrons. At first, these visits were favors to people that I knew, so I visited at no charge. I love children … [Read more...]