- Their agent asked them to.
- Book Week is THE time to make school visits count.
- It's a nice change to presenting at Festivals and Industry Seminars all the time.
- It's a golden opportunity to reach out and connect with your actual target audience - The Kids.
- It pays well - I actually made enough to cover the cost of a new magenta ink cartridge, once you subtract the chemist bills for all the medications needed to retain my voice.
- They like the sound of their own voice (if they don't lose it) - reading their own words, because it sounds different reading in front of an audience as opposed to just reading out loud in front of a computer screen. Only computer screens don't break wind and fidget quite as much.
- They like the daunting challenge of navigating their way around a never before visited school's car park, campus, reception area, IT set up.
- They like the dimension school visits add to their author/illustrator profiles. I mean who wouldn't like being asked for their autograph. (must remember not to guffaw and look so surprised next time)
- It helps accrue points on their frequent fliers program (if they're willing to visit schools outside their home turf)
- It gives them a truly ultra special buzz to hear children react openly and honestly to their words, witticisms and wisdoms however ludicrously they may be portrayed.
- It perpetuates the hope that they are making a difference to a child's life, their way of thinking, or their aspirations through the simple art of story telling.
|Stay tuned for more great pics and stories to match...|
|Candice Lemon-Scott and yours truly celebrating the book.|
Book Week at Queensland Independent College with fellow children's author Candice Lemon-Scott proved a huge hit with every student from 5 to 12 years.
I popped into Varsity College as well and was honoured to read in front of an enthusiastic gathering of Grade Three's. We were too enthralled with story telling and story swapping to get any happy snaps I'm afraid.
A couple of weeks well spent. If you have any special Book Week moments that you'd like to share or relay any that your child might have encountered, I love to hear them.