Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Author School Visit Tips & November IWSG

I'm not an expert, by no means. But I've had the privilege of visiting several schools recently and a presentation to a writing group of young adults this past summer. I'd like to share a few pointers I've picked up.

Don't allow last minute changes to fluster you. Don't let them ruin a visit / reading. 

Be prepared for anything. :)

Do design your presentation age appropriate. High school'ers probably won't be interested in listening to a picture book, but they'll enjoy a talk about the writing process or revision.

Do bring a bottle of water and a hearty snack (if not lunch). 2 Fig Newtons will not carry you through the day, no matter what you think.

Do ask the campus media specialist to help prepare for your presentation ahead of time. Remember the 5 P's. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Presentations.

Do ask a teacher or the librarian to assist with crowd control during your presentations. Trust me. Remember, you're "famous".

Remember they will want to hug you. Give the little darlings the love they deserve, but remember to bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.

As for questions & answers
Do keep questions on track. 
Remind them questions have a ? at the end.
Ask them to only ask questions regarding your book(s), subject of books or writing, their own writing or something about your writing / revising process. If you like Fruit Loops isn't important.

The youngsters love to tell you the "parts"of a book, and what a writer does and what the illustrator does. Ask them!

And most of all... Do have fun. They will love you. Remember you're a rock star in their eyes.


It's IWSG time! Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writers. Thanks to the co-hosts this month: LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy!

I'm still neck deep in revisions, but I'm almost finished! I can finally see the light. Then off to my agent. Yay!

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo... write on!