ASSOCIATED WITH AN AUTHOR APPEARANCE
honorariums are listed for each author (see each author's 'Presentations"
page). Some of these honorariums are negotiable, depending
on your specific needs, whether the author has family or research
to do in your area, and a variety of other reasons. So for
more specific information, please contact Catherine Balkin at
telephone 718-857-7605 or email her at BalkinBuddies@aol.com.
addition to the honorarium you will want to factor in these costs:
Travel expenses (air fare quotes can be found
-- but obviously is dependant on location of the
author, your own location, and the actual dates that the author
will be flying). Mapquest can provide
an accurate mileage estimate -- don't forget round trip.
Usually for any author except a local one (within
a 50 mile radius) you will be paying a 37.5 cent mileage fee AND
a hotel bill for the night before and sometimes the actual night
of the visit if the author can not get appropriate connections
home the night of the visit. We suggest calling reasonable
hotels in your area to get an idea of what the charges will be.
Plan to buy some multiple copies of the author's
books so that one copy can always be
in the LMC for student reading in the
library and others can be checked out by staff and students for
sharing in the classroom. Publishers will sometimes provide
a free review copy or a discounted copy of one or two of the author's
books if you call and request them. Be sure to mention to
the publisher that the author is coming to your school.
will also often sell the books directly to the school at a discount
for autographing purposes at author visits (about 25% to 40% off,
sometimes at fully returnable terms), so if you're buying books
for autographing purposes, you may want to sell the books at the
full price to have a bit extra for shipping back returns. Or you
can reduce returns by sending the students home with a flyer of
the prices of the authors' books and get preorders so you'll know
exactly how many to order. It's wise, however, to order a few
extra, even if you do preorders, for those spur-of-the-moment
purchases. Or at least have book plates or labels available for
the author to sign, and then order the additional books you need
after the author visit and put the labels in them for the students
who didn't preorder all the titles they wanted.
may also want to find out if your local bookstore, distributor,
or online resources offer a discount and compare them to the publishers'
discounts. Be sure to take the returns policy into consideration.
are several other incidentals necessary for a successful author
costs, film for pictures etc. -- more information about
this can be found in ABCs of an Author/Illustrator Visit
schools should figure a total cost of an author visit
at $2,000-$2,500 depending on the actual honorarium that will
be requested. Travel costs can
be minimized by helping to arrange visits
in several schools in your area or partnering with a public library
or civic organization.