The Truth About Author Incomes

During the past glorious year, jam-packed with school visits and other opportunities to visit with readers of all ages, a nagging misconception kept popping up: the belief that authors are wealthy. The reality is that most authors—especially children’s book authors—earn a fraction of what teachers earn, and we all know how teachers are underpaid. It [Read More]

April Fools Hijinx, TLA, Free Stuff, Oh My!

In what section of the library can you get bitten by a snake? —Hisssstory! What does a prank-loving author like me do when she’s booked for fourth-grade expository writing workshops on April Fool’s Day? Why, prank the librarian (sorry, David!) and infuse the workshops with a few shenanigans, of course. It was great fun to [Read More]

Funding an Author Visit—There’s Money Available!

I LOVE speaking at schools and leading writing workshops. By now, I’ve visited enough campuses to see a wide disparity in demographics. I’ve been to inner city elementary schools with metal detectors and bars on the windows, and I’ve been to schools with sparkling courtyard gardens and laptops for every child. Whether a school is [Read More]

Spring 2019 Newsletter, a School Visit Offer, & a Cover Reveal

 Welcome to my March/Spring E-newsletter, reproduced here for your convenience. If you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter so that it arrives in your inbox, click here.  Special School Visit Offer Happy almost spring! Thank you for taking a few moments to read my e-news. While 2019 snuck in and raced through the first months, [Read More]

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