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Best Practices for a Streaming Author Visit

This article will focus on using Google Hangouts on Air. We’d all love to have our favorite author fly out and visit us in person, but the cost and logistics can be daunting. Streaming visits allow authors to connect with more readers and are easier on your budget- sometimes your author will even speak for free! Here are a few tips that will help ensure your event is a success. Why Google Hangouts on Air? Setting up a YouTube channel to associate your Hangout with will automatically archive your event to YouTube.  No problem that you weren’t able to get all the kids in one room at a time, they can watch later. See the King County Library System’s Hangout page for examples of past events.  Creating a new YouTube channel will automatically create your Google+ page for you. Alternatively, if you have a channel you can associate it with a Google+…

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A successful author event!

Last week, the Deschutes Public Library hosted author Roland Smith.  He visited middle schools throughout Central Oregon and I loved spending the day with him, traveling to different schools and hearing about his writing experiences, his popular books and his amazing animal adventures! “Writing is revision”  —Roland Smith Smith was inspiring as he shared his history and expertise with animals, how he became a writer and then highlighted his twenty-five books. They asked curious and a few silly questions.  One of the most popular questions asked was, what is your favorite book?  Smith’s favorite book is To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.  He’s read and listened to it over and over. Another favorite question was, “Do you write in first or third person?”  He said it depends on the story.  “First person is more personal.  Beneath is written in first person but not really.  It’s an epistolary story…

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How to Have a Successful Author Visit

In December, my library was very fortunate to be selected as one of the stops on Jan Brett’s tour for her latest release The Animals’ Santa. We’ve hosted author’s before at the library, but never anything this large. We had around 800 people show up for the event and people drove from Kansas City, Arkansas and across Missouri to here Ms. Brett speak and get books signed. We had a lot of fun and the event was fantastic and we couldn’t have been happier with the way everything turned out. But I learned a few things along the way on how to ensure a successful author visit. Photo Credit: Springfield-Greene County Library Create a schedule of events for staff as well as listed job duties and descriptions of what is expected. This was incredibly helpful since we had numerous staff involved in the event from various branches and departments. Use…