A great big ARHtistic License thank you to Julie Stroebel Barichello for this wonderful article about the joys of author visits to schools.
The job title for writers is a bit misleading.
You’d think the majority of the job would be writing, but it’s a pretty even split between writing and promotion. After I finished writing my first book, I dreaded the promotion side of things. Not only was I uncertain where to begin, but I also wasn’t looking forward to the social side of being an author. I was perfectly happy to stick to the keyboard.
Then I started doing classroom visits. Suddenly the social side of writing wasn’t so bad.
Classroom visits are great for children’s authors on multiple levels. For one thing, it puts us face to face with our audience and gives us valuable insights. We get to see firsthand what makes kids laugh, what they’re interested in, and what they’re looking for in books.
Last week I made two visits to McKinley Elementary School in Ottawa. I had…
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