Would you like to have Zachary Pullen visit your School, Group, or Organization? An illustrator there to answer any questions you may have and information that you may have never thought of. When Zak comes for a visit, be prepared to understand the workings of the visual side of picture books. He comes prepared for three presentations and a smaller more intimate lunch with teachers and selected students. Each presentation lasts for 45 minutes starting with a PowerPoint presentation. This shows the process of his development and the creation of a book from inspiration to sketches and on through the editorial and publishing process. He will talk about his background, his inspiration, where it comes from and why and how he ended up writing and illustrating children’s books. He will also bring with him original art for the children to see. Sessions should be scheduled for an hour to allow 15 minutes for Zak to sign books. Otherwise set aside an hour that will be used for this purpose later in the day. This is a great opportunity for those who bought books to meet the author. $1000.00 for school visits $1000.00 for conferences Fees listed above is only honorarium and do not include expenses which the hosting organization must pay for. Name: Title: School, Group, or Organization: Phone: Email: Prospective dates: Comments: Please fill out this form and send to Zachary Pullen Speaks 922 South Lincoln Street Casper, WY 82601.Retain a copy for your records and someone will be in touch with you for the booking. Honorarium Accommodations - Hotel (if needed), meals, and other living expenses for the duration of the trip. Visiting authors can not inform you of all the costs involved in an author's visit. It is your responsibility to ascertain the specific costs (e.g. what are the travel arrangements? Does the author require an overnight stay?) before committing to a visit. Start planning well in advance. Many authors book school visits between six months and a year in advance. You will increase your options of finding an author that will meet all of your needs if you schedule ahead. In what part of the school will you hold the author talks? If you want to have a more intimate session, the library or an individual classroom works well. If your goal is to have as many students as possible participate, then you will want to consider the cafeteria or an auditorium as the appropriate setting. If you use a larger setting, it will be necessary to provide a microphone for the author. Make sure that you know what the author’s audio-visual requirements are. Always inquire in advance so that you can get access to the necessary equipment. Be sure to test the equipment prior to the first session. Prepare the students for an author visit by reading and discussing one or more of the author’s books as part of classroom work. Encourage your students to think of questions to ask the author. Many times an author’s book can be used not just in English class, but in history or social studies as well. Enlist the assistance of the art department to work with the students on illustrations and alternate book jackets. Order books for your author event approximately eight weeks prior to the event. There are a number of ways to order books for your author visit. You can work with a local bookstore, order the books directly from the publisher, or work with an agency that specializes in providing books for author events. Call or email for more options (firstname.lastname@example.org). Arrange for a convenient location for the author to sign books for the students. You can have a book-signing for 10-15 minutes following each author session or you can have students who wish to have their books signed come to the library at a designated time to meet and greet the author. It can be a very special time for the student to meet the author one-on-one as they have their book signed. For those students who want to have their book personalized, be sure to have the student’s name written neatly on a post-it note and affix the note to the title page of the book. That enables the author to have more time to talk with the student and alleviates spelling issues. Plan a careful itinerary for the day well ahead of time. You will need to think of transportation issues. Who will pick up the author from the airport? At what time of the morning will someone pick up the author at the hotel and transport them to the school? Please be sure to plan breaks in between the sessions and allow plenty of time for book-signing.
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