My absolute favorite part of being an author is meeting with readers. I’m available for school visits, book club & writer's group discussions via Skype, library talks, and writing conferences. Click on the contact page to find out how to reach me! I love making connections and meeting fabulous new friends!
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I'm excited to be a part of the 2017-18 Read Local Challenge!
The Read Local Challenge is a reading incentive program featuring traditionally-published books by authors and illustrators who live in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Schools, classes, book clubs, and even individuals can win autographed books and free Skype visits from authors by reading picture books, middle grade, or young adult books by local authors between October 2017-May 2018. This fall, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is also offering schools the opportunity to host a FREE Read Local kickoff party with one or more of the authors featured in the challenge. For more information and a full list of the challenge books, please visit http://mddewv.scbwi.org/read-local/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want me to visit your school, youth group, or book club? I have presentations available for large, school-wide assemblies, small classroom visits, and everywhere in between. Contact me to set up the perfect visit for your group!
Small-group presentation and writing exercise about making characters come to life in creative writing. I'll talk about the editing process, using adjectives effectively, and how these creative-writing skills can enhance all other forms of academic writing. Then, we'll work together to tell a story with the skills we've discussed.
Informal Q&A session where you can ask me about my books, where I get my inspirations, and any other questions you might have about life as a writer.
Presentation plus Q&A for large or small group settings. A look at the failures and bumps along the path to publication that made me a stronger writer. I talk about the ways my biggest successes were only possible because I failed first, and why giving up is never an option.
Both of my books involve putting new twists on a familiar story. This presentation for small or large groups will encourage students to imagine new paths for stories they already know. They will discover how paying attention to the details and asking "what if??" can turn even the most boring day into a tale of excitement and adventure or turn a familiar fairy tale into something unexpected. It is a fun way to get their creative juices flowing, and it fits with the 2nd grade core curriculum fairy tale unit..
Need help writing a query letter that will catch an agent's attention? An elevator pitch for when you meet your dream agent at a conference? Or a Twitter pitch that will stand out in a crowded hashtag? As a three-time Pitch Wars mentor and a Literary Cupid for the recent #PitMatch Twitter party, I've had a lot of experience with query letters and short pitches that work. I'll share some tips for making your pitch pop and share real-life examples of pitches that work. If desired, participants may submit their pitches prior to the class for critique. I'll go over as many as time will allow.