As a children’s author, visiting schools and libraries is an important part of my job. Obviously, it is a great way to publicise my books but, more importantly, it enables me to connect with my readers in a real and immediate way.
And, best of all, it’s fun!
I do two different types of school visit.
The first is an author talk, where I will discuss my life as a writer, usually focussing on my latest book. I put a lot into these talks and I think they’re quite entertaining. I can do this for small groups, classes, or year groups.
I also run creative writing sessions. Ideally these should be for groups of 12 or less, although larger groups can also work, if the children are committed.
Over the past few years I have visited over a hundred schools, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I am happy to supply references on request.
I charge the standard Society of Authors rates, which are £150 per session, or £400 for a day, plus travel.