“For every day I would normally spend presenting in a school, I used to have an additional two days spent organizing the visit and traveling.I simply don’t have that kind of time any more,” explains award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson.
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Classroom Visits Can Happen Via Skype” and this follow-up SLJ feature, “An Author in Every Classroom: Kids Connecting with Authors via Skype.
It’s the next best thing to being there.” There’s also an ever-growing list of authors who offer both free and paid Skype visits at the Skype An Author Network. (Some authors offer only a limited number of free Skype visits, and some who start out offering free visits begin to charge later on.
Also, having the teacher or librarian be very familiar with Skype technology is a must; it’s awful to watch minutes ticking away when the adult in charge is fumbling around to take the video feed live or figure out how to adjust the volume.” As an author, I’ve also found virtual visits to be a great alternative to traveling, especially since I teach middle school English in addition to writing.
When my middle grade novel came out from Walker/Bloomsbury last September, there was no time for a book tour with a new school year underway.
I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and I realize that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits.
With that in mind, this is a list of authors who offer 15-20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books.
” If you asked that question a couple years ago, you might have gotten a funny look.