Tuesday, November 6, 2012

School Visits

By Author Andrea Buginsky

One way to introduce yourself and your book to new readers is to do a school visit. School visits consist of you visiting a class or an entire school of children at the appropriate age level for your books, whether they be in elementary, middle, or high school. If you're planning a school visit, you'll want to make sure you are prepared.

First, be sure you know the exact date, time, and location of your visit. Show up early enough so you're all set up and ready to go when the assembly starts. Wear comfortable, but professional-looking clothes.

Decide on some activities you can do that relate to your book and the school or class curriculum. You can read a portion of your book, of course, but make sure you have a fun activity set up, too. Then, you can hold a Q&A session with the students. Check with the teacher or principal for any other activities they may want you to cover.

Practice your session before your visit to make sure you have enough time to cover everything. You don't want to suddenly have to change your curriculum in the middle or towards the end of your visit because you went over your allotted time.

Bring some copies of your book(s) with you for the students to purchase. Make sure to tell the teacher in advance, and get permission to do this if necessary. You can hold an autograph session at the end of your visit for students who already have or are purchasing the book at the time of your visit. You may also give away as many copies as you wish during the visit. It's up to you.

If you can't bring books for the students, have bookmarks printed for the occasion to give away.

Follow up your visit with a thank-you note to the teacher or principal, as well as one to the students.

Relax, enjoy, and listen to what the students have to say. Remember, they are your audience and your readers, so pay attention. Have fun!

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Remember to sign up for Andrea's newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of her exciting events.


Sylvia Stein said...

Dear Andrea,

Great post and those were some excellent tips. I also believe that you have to make sure to show up early and set up so you can be prepared. This was such a great post!

Syl Stein

Sheila Deeth said...

I'd love to visit a school as an author one day instead of as the chess coach, but I must admit, I loved working with the students and I told them lots of stories while teaching chess. Your advice to relax and listen to the students is very wise.