UPDATE: I'm afraid I'm booked up for 2018-2019. If you would like to be added to my list for potential 2019-2020 visits please email me at clantoons.ben at gmail dot com with the subject line "2019-2020 AUTHOR VISIT" and include in the email your location and when you would like to have me visit.
Absolutely! I love doing school visits! I enjoy working with all ages. But prefer working with smaller groups (one session for each age group k-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-7th-8th or a similar breakdown that has like ages in the same session) as opposed to an assembly (but am okay with assemblies too!). Sessions/workshops usually involve talking with the kids about making books, reading, doing drawings for the kids, and with the older grades doing more hands-on activities. Lots and lots of visuals and as much interaction as possible. Also, I am happy to tie in relevant topics that the kids are studying (i.e. perhaps your class is learning about plot, I can make a particular effort to talk about that subject). I modify my program to fit with each school's needs.
My rate is a $1200/day (up to 7 sessions!), plus travel and lodging. Money from a book-sale is a great way to finance visits. I do not personally sell my books, but titles may be acquired from my publishers at a discount. Also consider coordinating a book sale through your local book store! Teaming up with other schools is also a fantastic idea.
I plan on doing some free FB LIVE sessions next school year but currently am not booking new Skype visits.
WILL YOU ILLUSTRATE MY BOOK?
If you are looking to publish a children's book I recommend joining SCBWI. It is an amazing organization! Typically publishers prefer to match an illustrator with the books they acquire and the author and illustrator have very little contact if any. I am mainly illustrating only my own stories at the moment.
WILL YOU CRITIQUE MY STORY?
Sorry, but no. I simply do not have the time and I do not want to run into the issue of having a similar story or idea. I recommend joining SCBWI and joining or forming a critique group. Also, go to conferences and workshops! Best wishes with your story. I hope to find it in a bookstore!
I am happy to take a look at your website and portfolio! Please feel free to share a link with me.
ARE YOU GOING TO WRITE A CHAPTER BOOK?
Yes, in the works! Though it will likely be some years from now before I finish.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
clantoons.ben@gmail dot com