Sample PresentationsBarbara can lead discussion on the following topics, and much more!
Visit FAQ’sAll About Author's Visits
What size audience is best?
The size of the audience depends on your needs. While I present to variety of group sizes, I prefer groups of around 150 or less. Smaller groups are best for interaction and workshops.
How can we buy books?
Book sales are an important part of the program and are made very easy for schools. I will send you book order forms that may be distributed prior to my visit. Orders and payment should be collected one week before the program (more lead time may be needed for schools outside of the DFW area). The school then writes one check to me for the total amount, less a rebate of $2 per book for your assistance. Easy! Many students who do not order books prior to the sale often want one afterward, so there is a post-visit book sale for one week after the visit. I will autograph them and mail them to you.
Can our books be autographed?
All books will be autographed either prior to or after the talk, depending on your needs (on average, it takes about an hour to sign 100 books). I am happy to personalize a book to a specific individual when autographing, but do not sign slips of paper.
Are there any extras?
I will supply you with two styles of Suzie bookmarks in pdf form that you are welcome to print and pass out to the kids so that everyone has something.
Can you visit via Skype?
I am also able to visit with students via Skype! Special rates apply for this.
Skype FAQ’sHow to Visit Via Skype
What is Skype?
Skype is a free software you can easily download to hold free videoconferences over the web.
How can I get Skype?
You can download it at: www.skype.com
What equipment do I need?
A computer connected to the Internet Web camera with microphone Skype software* *If you are using a Mac computer, we do not need Skype – iChat will work just fine.
How do I know this will work?
We will run a test the day before the visit to make sure everything is working as it should. On the day of the visit, I will call a bit early to make sure we have a working connection.
How many students may participate in a Skype session?
As many as you want! The important thing is for them to be able to see the screen. Generally, though, it is best to limit groups to a size of not more than 150.
Will the students be able to talk with you in the same personal way they could in a face-to-face visit?
Absolutely! Skype is a very personalized way of communicating. Students will see me, and I will see them. Often times, the kids are excited to think they are peeking into the author’s actual office. It’s sort of like inviting them into my home.
May we still hold a book sale with the Skype visit?
Definitely! In fact, I recommend it. Students often want a copy of the author’s book. All books sold will be personally autographed and are shipped promptly.
How can I arrange a Skype visit?
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 469-286-7413