School Visits by Authors & a Roadtrip

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I couple of weeks ago I was able to go to a training in Connecticut about how to do a school visit by an author. The one thing I learned when I became a published author is that if you truly want to do this as a career, you need to do other things than just write. Unless of course you are J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or John Grisham, but even they had to do some leg work in the beginning.

NO matter if you are traditionally published, self published, or indie published you need to learn how to market and promote your book. My background is in teaching and guidance counseling so of course I feel right at home in front of a class filled with kids, or so I thought. I had my first school visit in September and wasn’t sure “what was the right way to do this?” What I learned was there is no “right way”.

At the Windsor Public Library in Connecticut, which was a beautiful library,┬áthe training was done by an amazing children’s book author: Alexis O’Neill, who wrote The Recess Queen and Loud Emily. She had great tips about using props and the kids in the audience. She had many other great ideas and we did some small group work. I am very excited to get out there and plan some school visits with what I learned from Alexis.

Of course when not “learning” on this trip I did enjoy all the shopping from Connecticut all the way back home to Maine.

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