KERR (A.K.A. MARY JAMES & VIN PACKER)
I BOOK ORDERING
OF AUDIENCE: M.E. Kerr's books are geared towards grades 4 to YA,
and those are generally the grades she speaks to when she does school
visits. She also speaks to adults (teachers, librarians, booksellers,
parents, writers, etc.)
OF DAYS SHE CAN BE AWAY: Ms. Kerr prefers to arrive the night before,
give morning talks, autograph, and depart for home the same day.
No more than one overnight stay, please.
OF APPEARANCES: She especially prefers Long Island, New Jersey,
and Connecticut. Anywhere on the east coast is fine. She'll go as
far as the Midwest, but only for adult conferences. She is unable
to do visits on the west coast.
SIZE OF EACH SESSION: The size of the audience doesn't matter, as
long as there is a good PA system for large groups.
NEEDED: A microphone if the group is large, a table and chair might
be helpful, and plenty of water.
OF SESSIONS PER DAY: She prefers to do no more than two presentations
OF PRESENTATIONS: M.E. Kerr usually doesn't have a prepared speech.
In general, she talks about her books, especially her latest book,
where she got her ideas, etc. If she is asked to address a specific
topic, this should be requested as far in advance as possible so
she can think about it and prepare.
adult groups, she sometimes gives what she calls 'my mother's speech,'
which actually gives a lot of information about her and her books
but is quite funny. But again, she can tailor her talk to fit the
needs of the group.
WORKSHOPS: She does these on a limited basis. She prefers it if
students could hand in their writing ahead of time so that she can
read these works the night before the workshop, then offer comments
the next day.
SPECIFICS: Once the visit is set up, Ms. Kerr likes the teacher
or organizer to call her so that she can find out the expectations
and needs of each audience. She also has material that she will
send to the teacher or organizer to help prepare for the visit well
ø Generally speaking, her fee is $1,500 a day, plus expenses. The
honorarium should be presented as soon as the author appearance
has reached its conclusion. For further information, especially
about the expenses (travel, hotel, and meals), click the "Arrange
An Appearance" button and see "General Information on
the Cost of an Author Appearance" as well as the 'Honorariums'
section near the bottom of "How to Plan an Author Appearance."