Sep 1, 2022
Our topic today is all about crafting presentations and
programs for school visits inspired by your books, with our special
guest, author Shelli R. Johannes!
During the talk, Shanda asks
Shelli these questions…
- Shelli, on your website you have a thorough
menu of different author visit presentations that correlate with
various books you’ve written. Such as: Shine Like a Unicorn -
Great for anti-bully week! includes reading and discussion on
standing out and not being afraid to be yourself. And
Theo TheSaurus - Logophiles love reading and writing! Includes
reading Theo and discussing how to fall in love with reading.
Do you craft a presentation for every new book you write?
- How do you go about crafting presentations? Do
you use a formula that works for you?
- How have educators responded to your various
presentations? Are there any that are more popular than
- I see that you also offer several professional
development sessions. (This is a fairly new concept to me. We
talked about it in our last episode with Lola Schaefer quite a
bit.) Are you booking those sessions
- Do you offer writing workshops? Any that would
require more than one session with the same
- How do you handle book sales at your
- On social media, I noticed once that you posted
honestly about your introvertness and sitting in your car right
before a school visit and dreading that moment when you have to
suddenly turn it “on”, walk in, and go perform. Does this happen to
you every time? Do you relax once you start? This is an issue for
so many of us creatives, so I’d love to go on a little tangent and
talk about this.
- What’s one thing you’ve learned over the course
of doing school visits? Or what’s your main advice to other authors
who are starting out.
- Anything you wish I had asked?
Thanks for joining us , Shelli!
That wraps up our 22nd episode all about crafting programs around
your books with Shelli R. Johannes!
You can find me at www.shandamc.com, on
Twitter: @ShandaMcCloskey, and on
Shelli, where can folks find
I’m so excited because for the
very first time we had a kid (that I didn’t know) send in a book
review! So here’s a special shout out to Ava! You made my day,
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