Author Visits to Schools:
Prime Support for the Children’s Book Publishing Habit

October 2002
by Toni Albert

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Would you like to talk about your book to an enthusiastic, captive audience of 500 students and teachers and be paid $400 to $2,000 for doing it? Would you enjoy having volunteers sell your books and arrange newspaper, radio, and TV publicity for you? Would you appreciate being celebrated as an author–receiving fan mail with wonderful crayon illustrations, seeing your book come alive as part of a school’s curriculum, or being the guest of honor at faculty luncheons? Doing author visits is good for authors, good for children and teachers, and good for books. And it’s fun too!
Here’s a seven-step method for setting up author visits:

Step #1: Prepare a presentation based on your book.
To get ideas, talk to other authors about their visits, observe visiting authors at local schools, or talk to teachers and principals about what they want from a visit. Then outline a 45-minute presentation based on your work as an author. It can focus on how you wrote the book or on the subject of your book. Try to include music, slides, videos, puppets, and/or demonstrations. Pace the presentation to keep children’s attention, including opportunities for them to participate.
Practice your presentation in front of small groups at local libraries or bookstores before you give it at schools.

Step #2: Get bookings.
Prepare a flyer or brochure about your presentation and mail it to schools within a 100-mile radius of your home. Call your state Department of…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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