May 11, 2017 (10:45am) - "Expand Your Programming: Author/Illustrator Visit Showcase" at MLA/DLA Conference (Cambridge, MD)
Discover local gems and learn how to add value to
library programming as traditionally published authors
and illustrators from the MD/DE/WV region of the
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
demonstrate their programs for school and library
visits. Presenters: Veronica Bartles (The Princess and
the Frogs, Balzer + Bray); Claudia Friddell (George
Washington's Spies, Random House); Laura Gehl (Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching, Macmillan); Kathy
MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen); Tim Young (Do Not Open the Box!, Schiffer).
*** May 13, 2017 - Ellicott City, MD
Special Mother's Day story time and book signing for The Princess and the Frogs at the Ellicott City Barnes & Noble (Long Gate Shopping Center - 4300 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043)
*** June 17, 2017 (10am-3-pm) - 2nd Annual Chesapeake Children's Book Festival (Talbot County Free Library - Easton, MD)
Over 30 children's book authors and illustrators will be participating in this second annual event. Visitors will be able to meet some of their favorite authors and purchase signed books. We will also have music, crafts, food and chances to win signed books and other prizes.
*** Event open to the public!
Select Past Events:
* February 27, 2017 - 6th grade assembly (Arbutus Middle School): Never Give Up!: How "Failure" in Writing Led to Two Published Books
– Veronica discusses her rocky path to publication, and talks about how her many failures along the way set her up for success.
* March 4, 2017 (3:00pm) - Alexandria, VA
Women who Write Panel with Ann McCallum and Elissa Brent Weissman (James M. Duncan, Jr. Branch Library)
Panel: Introverts, Extroverts, Ambiverts, Oh My!: Personality Types in Publishing (Panel with Katy Kelly, Veronica Bartles, Jessica Sinsheimer, Patricia Hruby Powell, Bruce Coville, and Liz Kossnar) – A panel of professionals of varied backgrounds and personality types discuss how to succeed in publishing and remain true to yourself.
Breakout Session: Small Press, Large Press (Veronica Bartles) – Small press vs. Big 5 publishers … is there really a difference? And how do you know which choice is right for you? Veronica's first book was published with a very small press and her second book was published by Harper Collins, so she's seen both ends of the spectrum, and she's seen pros and cons of both sides.
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 made me a stronger writer, and why giving up was never an option.
How paying attention to the details and asking "what if??" can turn even the most boring day into a tale of excitement and adventure.
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.