Hello librarians, teachers, and parents!
I love talking with kids about the process of writing, including where I get my ideas from, tips on rewriting, and even some mistakes I’ve made along the way (Some of those mistakes ended up in the books!) Although my talks are based on my experiences, my presentations are really about the students and their own writing.
The Zack Proton books are best suited to ages 7 – 10, but my I have spoken to audiences ranging from pre-school through college. With kids who are too young to read, I act out a story using props to help encourage the kids to become creative storytellers at an early age. My presentations to kindergarten and first grade are usually 30 minutes, with one-hour presentations for older kids, but the schedules can be adjusted to meet the needs of each school. For older kids I discuss the writing and publishing processes at a higher level and in greater detail.
Because fourth graders in Texas take the TAKS writing test, upon request I can also incorporate a writing exercise into my talks with fourth graders. The writing exercise takes about 15 minutes and is intended to help them add descriptive language using all their senses, add life to the story through fun verb choices, and add humor by using similies.
My fee is $650 for a full day (up to four presentations), plus travel expenses if necessary. For travel I charge 50 cents per mile round trip using Google’s city-to-city mileage from Austin, TX, and if an overnight stay is involved, the school pays for the hotel as well. The Zack Proton books are available to schools directly from the publisher at a 40% discount by calling Simon & Schuster’s school and library customer service number at 1-800-976-1726. Some schools order in bulk through Barnes & Noble or another local bookstore instead, usually at a 20% discount.
Once a date is booked, I send the school librarian a set of three 11 x 17 Zack Proton posters to help promote the visit to the students, and I bring Zack Proton bookmarks for all the kids on the day of the visit. I can provide a customized, printable pre-sales flyer in pdf form if you like. You can see a sample flyer here.
To see which schools I have visited in the past, please visit the Where's Brian page of this web site.
All three Zack Proton books are Accelerated Reader books.
If you’ve got questions or want more information, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, and I hope I'll have the opportunity to visit your school!