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author visits; authors; guest speakers; illustrators
Host an Author
Hosting an Author.pdf
Open this file for a step-by-step guide to hosting a successful author visit, including links to booking agencies and having students host a Literary Luncheon.
Other useful links include
Australian Society of Authors
has suggested rates It doesn't include accommodation, travel and agency fees.
Authors in Schools
SCWBI Speakers Bureau
which can help you identify someone suitable and book them.
CBCA NSW authors & illustrators
PETAA Authors and Illustrators websites
which has more ideas and which she says "may be used & adapted for your school. I just ask that I am credited as original author in footer."
has produced a guide advising authors and illustrators of how they can offer a quality school visit. It includes requirements for each jurisdiction's requirements for Working with Children documentation. It also includes a link to an
index of websites
for a wide range of authors and illustrators.
If you are looking for an author, most are handled by speakers' agencies - usually the details are on the author's website. But here's a list of the most commonly used ones. Some speakers are booked well in advance for the actual week but others still have openings, so check with the agency.
Creative Net Speakers' Agency
Does not charge booking fee
"Very proactive - they send me updates
on new books and authors via email
and were very good when
I contacted them last year about authors for the conference."
Syba Speakers Network
Booked Out Speakers Agency
Bec Kavanagh and many others
Very professional. Lots of email communication which was promptly received and responded to. Excellent service. Happy to 'do a deal' on multiple authors.
"Some have found them a bit hard to deal with
in terms of not being able to contact them
or them not getting back to you, but this has not been my experience"
"I've booked numerous performers through her over the years.
I find the performances have always been of a high quality
and probably "to be expected" prices.
A few times, though, I've had issues with her
being slow to respond to phone calls."
The Children's Book Shop Speakers' Agency
has created a number of
which may assist you and your students in learning about some of their favourite authors ...
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