If you are a teacher, librarian, or educator, you are officially my hero!! I’m so incredibly grateful for everything you do to encourage reading and inspire students—and my books wouldn’t have found their way into so many readers’ hands without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
For those who would like to use the KEEPER series in your classrooms, Simon and Schuster has provided these handy curriculum guides. (newer books in the series may not have the guide available for several months after release—but will be added as soon as possible, I promise!)
This is honestly one of my favorite parts of my job, since there’s nothing more exciting than getting to interact with readers and talking to them about books and writing. I do my best to visit as many schools and libraries as I possibly can—but I also have to juggle them around my hectic deadline schedule, so that means my calendar can book up rather quickly.
I do also have to charge a fee for the visit, to make up for the lost writing time (and cover any necessary travel expenses). And I know some authors have detailed pricing information on their websites. But I also know how tight budgets can be these days, and that each school has different wants and needs for the visit. So if you would like an estimate, click here to find my contact form, and my assistant will get back to you as soon as she can. (Please note: School visits must be scheduled with a teacher / librarian / other-school-authority directly, that way I know the school is on board.)
If you’re wondering about my presentation, it begins with a few behind-the-scenes details about my books, and then walks students through the twenty (yes, twenty) draft process I went through getting Keeper of the Lost Cities published–complete with visual aids. I try to make sure the presentation is as fun for the students as it is for me to give—but of course I also do my best to make it educational and inspirational.
I’m also happy to team up with local booksellers for the visit (which can also sometimes help offset some of the fee). So if you have a favorite store you work with, definitely let me know.
Online Virtual Chats:
Since time and financial restraints often limit how many in-person school visits I can do, I also offer online chats (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc) to schools and libraries* for a much lower fee. Slots are limited and book up quick, so it’s best to reach out with lots of advance notice. If you would like an estimate, please use my contact page. My assistant will get back to you as soon as possible.
*Please note: for a number of reasons, I unfortunately I can’t offer online virtual chats to private reading groups, homeschooling situations, or any other private events.