FAQ

DO YOU DO SCHOOL VISITS?

UPDATE: I'm currently only doing a handful of virtual visits this year. Apologies! I can't wait to get back to visiting in person!

Absolutely! I love doing school visits! I enjoy working with all ages. But prefer working with smaller groups when possible. Assemblies are ok too though!

My rate for VIRTUAL VISITS: $700 for a one hour session or $1800 for three sessions

IN-PERSON LOCAL (hour or less from Seattle): Same rates as the virtual visits but with an additional $200 travel fee

IN-PERSON TRAVEL EVENTS (more than an hour from Seattle): $3000 per day (up to 5 presentations per day) plus travel and lodging expenses 

I do not personally sell my books, but I can certainly put you in touch with my publishers. Also consider coordinating a book sale through your local book store! If you have my books for sale at an in-person event I offer a $500 discount.


MAILING ADDRESS?

I love to hear from readers! Which won't be much of a surprise to those who are familiar with my book IT CAME IN THE MAIL. I will do my utmost to respond and within a month (unfortunately I can be a bit scattered . . . but I don't mind gentle nudges!).

Ben Clanton
Ballard Mail and Dispatch
1752 NW Market St. #1511
Seattle, WA 98107 

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 and only considering illustrating manuscripts that come to me via my agent Marietta Zacker.

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.