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. 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.
I prefer to book an event a season or two seasons in advance if it is not a local appearance (I live in SEATTLE, WA). 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.
Yes! Skype/iChat visits can be a lot of fun. Just a few things to keep in mind . . .
- works best with 2nd grade and up
- students should be familiar with my books and have a few questions prepared
- large screen works best and it is good to have someone who is tech savvy on hand
My rate for each 45-minute session is $100.
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. I do on occasion illustrate small side personal projects that are not for publication.
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!
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
I'd love to hear from you! clantoons.ben@gmail dot com