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I am Live Literature funded. HOW TO APPLY FOR LIVE LITERATURE SESSIONS.
[Please note: The deadline for April to Dec 2017 is Jan 25th 2017]
I am registered with the Scottish Book Trust. It pays the author’s fee (£175 per session), travel and accommodation expenses directly to the author after the event. It provides a claim form for ease. You just pay a pre-set cost after the event of £75 per session (£90 inc. VAT). A session is 1 hour.
This way of funding means I can go to schools further away from my home in Ayrshire because the travel cost is paid by Live Lit. I also get a fee and you get a great visit for half the price. Win/Win.
Fees (if not doing Live Literature):
 
  • For school visits, I use the Scottish Book Trust’s recommended 1 hr session rate (see above). Such a fee enables me to write more books, pay bills and get out and about on visits.
  • However, if finances are stretched, it is always worth contacting me to sort out something. If I do two sessions at a school, or a full morning or afternoon, fees are negotiable.
  • Additional costs such as travel or accommodation are dependent on location/distance. Happy to discuss this when organising any booking.
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  • I am happy to discuss attendance at Festivals via my publisher, Floris Books or my contact page
  • Bookshops and libraries can also contact Floris books or me for a chat about a visit.
  • School visit / event organisers, feel free to contact Floris books or message me via my contact page
BOOK SIGNINGS:
Libraries and book shops are closing fast these days. Book signings are therefore very important for authors. They enable children to meet the author and get a memento of the visit. My priority is to give children in schools a great time and get them enthused about reading and writing.
 
As a former Deputy Headteacher, I am very aware that not every child can afford a book. I’m working on giving away things like signed bookmarks. You can play your part by getting a local library to stock copies before a visit. Occasionally a school may not like the idea of selling books. When I receive the visit fee, as recommended by Scottish Book Trust, then it’s up to schools whether they are comfortable with a signing session.
 
To get the best out of a book signing:
  • Please tell parents in advance - via a letter home - that a book signing will be happening in school as part of my visit.
  • Please have a member of staff available to help during the signing, e.g., ensure children have their names written on paper slips so the queue can flow smoothly.
  • Please have an area/table where I can display my books. Plus an adult-sized chair available for me, as I have a dodgy back after sitting on wee chairs while I was teaching.
  • Organiser to discuss with me beforehand who is providing the books, amount, dealing with returns, etc.
PHOTOGRAPHS:
Please feel free to snap away. If any good ones are taken, please let me have a copy. I may put them on my website.
 
RECORDINGS:
Prior permission to record is required. So much stuff goes on the web these days and I wish to retain an element of control, regarding video and audio recordings.
If you like what you have read and wish to book me, or have any questions, then please use the contact page. Here’s the link to it again:

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