Beyond school visits, I'm also available for
Summer book clubs for bookstore or library
Special events like author panel discussions
**If an event doesn't require a formal presentation, my regular speaking fees do not apply. I'm happy to sit on any panel discussion or visit informally with people at a book club or festival.
Why do you charge for school visits for non-Title I schools?
Like any professional, authors invest a great deal of time and money in becoming proficient at their craft. Creating presentations takes time and effort away from writing, as does coordinating visits, designing swag like bookmarks to give out, and the speaking itself. Today, the majority of authors do not earn a livable income from their books. Just like teachers, we love working with students, but most authors cannot speak at all schools for free. If we did, we would not be able to keep writing. As a former teacher myself, I have set my speaking fee low to work with the budget realities of most schools. Title I schools are exempt and rural schools may receive a discount or qualify for a free visit. All children deserve the opportunity to have an author visit.
Thank you letter from a school librarian:
Amy Bearce took the time in her busy schedule last week to come to my school and talk to some of the 5th graders about the writing process. Her visit was a pleasure. It provided valuable information, gave the students a much more accurate idea of what they need to do to be successful as an author and has inspired more than a few of them to start writing.
The students especially enjoyed hearing about her books, how she got started, her inspirations, how she lays out scenes on her storyboard, and viewing her great clothing style. Amy's visit made a huge impression on the students that they even spread the word about her presentation to the students that were unable to see her talk. Amy was able to talk to almost half of the 5th grade which is around 150 students. By the next day, I was asked by many 5th graders who did not get to go to the presentation, wanting to know when they would get to hear her talk.
Thank you again for the memorable visit and presentation.
FREE FOR YOU:
Let's make writing exciting for students!
If you need something different than what I offer, other authors who do school visits can be found at these websites:
And if you're an author who wants to learn more about school visits, a great place to start is at http://coolschoolvisits.com/!