PHILOSOPHY: Author visits help students develop a personal connection to an author and his or her books. By seeing an author in person and being able to ask questions, students also learn more about the writing process and can apply those skills to their own writing. This guide will help the librarian facilitate a successful author/speaker visit. The personality of the author and a dynamic presentation help students get excited about reading. Parents often like to purchase autographed titles to add to their child's home library.
KEEP IN MIND:
Most author visits take long-term planning, especially for contract approvals
The contract must be fully approved BEFORE the author visits
Many authors book months in advance
Scheduling multiple schools for a visit often reduces the daily rate
It is suggested that the librarian initiating author contact should co-ordinate the entire visit