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We had such a great response from my post about creating great promo materials with Kelly Bennett  that I decided to do a similar post. I consulted author David Biedrzycki on the subject of school visits. We have featured David and several of his books here on the blog and I am pleased that he could share some of his insights with us today. David visits 70-80 schools per year (sometimes two in one day) and I would consider him an expert in his field. DavidBiedrzycki 
WOTS: How do you book these events?
DB:
Since I do not get help from my publisher I rely on several things:
  • My books being popular and in the school market.
  • Word of mouth.
  • Presenting at State Library and Reading conferences.
  • Networking.
  • Always being prepared, on time and just really nice and appreciative to those who bring you into a school. This will help your career.
  • Librarians, teachers and PTA members share a lot of information.
It is not cheap or easy bringing an author in for a visit. Funds must be raised or procured. Teachers and administrators must be onboard. Students must be made aware of the authors work.
If you do a good job word spreads fast. Also, if you don’t, word spreads faster.
Develop a unique and fun program. Easier said than done, I know, but eventually, just like writing or art, you will find your voice and your presentation style.
I use Facebook to keep in touch with those who’s schools i have visited. I make them aware of new books, stories and art I’m working on.
I also change and update my presentation all the time. There are something’s that stay the same. Teachers and administrators want to make sure you touch on some of the common core standards and you discuss the process of writing a story.
I try and make my presentation fun and fast moving. I rarely read from a book to a group larger than 30. On average my presentations are usually projected onto a big screen and to groups of 200+. I rely on this to keep the students engaged.
Life comes at kids fast these days and you have to do the same.
It’s amazing how they grasp all of it, but they do.

WOTS: Do they approach you or do you approach them?

DB: They approach me most of the time.
The only time I approach librarians or schools is when I’m going to be in the area and they have gotten in touch with me before about a possible visit. DragonCover

WOTS: Can you describe a typical visit?

DB: I’m usually contacted months in advance and a date and fee are set up.
I usually  send out a contract outlining the specifics about my visit and what is expected from both of us as far  as fee and travel expenses if there are any.
As the time approaches we discuss arrival time and schedule. I usually like to arrive an hour beforehand to meet the ones responsible for having me visit, set up and get my game face on.
I usually do from 3 to 4 presentations a day. Sometimes I will meet with two schools in the same district on the same  day doing two presentations at each school.

WOTS: Do you have any special links or connections for our readers?

DB: Sometimes the International Reading Sssociation has information about local and state conferences where you can try to attend.
AASL also has information about their conferences too.
I also suggest starting your speaking career at public libraries. They are always looking to bring authors in. Although they have little or no funds it is a great way to get yourself in front of kids and learn how to present.

Thank you, David for sharing with us today. If you like to know more about David and his work, be sure to visit his website. David’s newest book, BREAKING NEWS: BEAR ALERT will be released in October 2014. You can be sure we will mention it here on the blog.

Happy School Visits,

Suzanne Santillan

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I am happy to announce that friend of the blog, author David Biedrzycki, has a new book release- Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween

Book Description:

In this follow-up to Me and My Dragon, a boy runs into an unexpected problem when preparing to go trick-or-treating for Halloween: his pet dragon is scared silly of this spooky holiday! Zombies, werewolves, mummies . . . they all make Dragon run and hide. How will the boy convince Dragon that these things aren’t real, and what costume will the duo come up with for this unconventional pet?

In honor of this new release, I thought it would be fun to meet Sparky the Dragon. I asked the author to give us a little more info on his lovable, goofy, dragon.

 

Character Spotlight:

Full Character name:    Sparky and the boy’s name is Hameer

Brief physical description:

Sparky is an American Red Fire Breathing Dragon (Draconem Americanus Respiratio Ignis Rubeus) 

Sparky is 14 feet long from nose to tip of tail, Fully grown he will be anywhere from 16-18 feet 200-250lbs (90-114kg) 

Strengths and weaknesses:

Very loyal and good with children.

Not good with dogs.

Quirks

Loves brussel sprouts. 

It’s recommended not to feed the fire breathing specie broccoli, it will cause them to pass highly flammable gas. 

Inspiration for your story:

Growing up I was lucky to have four dogs. They were my buddies. We did a lot of fun things together. The Me and My Dragon series shares those fond memories of having a pet who is your best friend. 

Background for the story:

Originally what started out as a story about a boy and his dog turned into a story about a boy and his pet dragon. The character is that of a dog trapped in a dragon’s body.

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 If you’d like to learn more about David or his books check out his website at www.davidbiedrzycki.com.
Happy Reading,
 
Suzanne Santillan
 
Writing on the Sidewalk

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