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How to Plan an Author Appearance


Welcome to the home for Penguin Young Readers Group’s author and illustrator appearances! We want to help you bring great authors to your school or library. Below is a step-by-step guide to planning your next event. Please feel free to reach out to our Author Appearance Coordinator at penguinauthorvisits@gmail.comwith any questions.

  1. Learn the Basics
  2. Choose Your Authors Please visit our Author Appearance Roster to see a list of authors who make school and library appearances. Keep in mind that many of them do virtual Skype visits as well! Feel free to also peruse our website o discover any of our authors who would be best for your event. We suggest checking out our interactive State Awards Map to find an author perfect for your area.
  3. Request Your Author(s)It’s easy! Send an inquiry email to our Author Appearance Coordinator with your contact information as well as the details of your event and which author(s) you are interested in hosting.Don’t see the author selection you’re looking for? Feel free to also for information on any Penguin author you have in mind or for guidance on choosing and inviting an author to your event.
  4. Prepare for your EventOnce you have scheduled your event and you have a finalized and signed the event contract, you’ll need do the following to get ready:
    • organize transportation
    • have equipment ready for the presentation depending on the technical needs of the author you are hosting
    • provide a schedule to the author/illustrator
    • prepare the payment
    You should also have books available to sell — we encourage you to go through a local bookseller, an institutional wholesaler (if you use one), or you may order directly from Penguin.
Best wishes for a successful event! —The Penguin School and Library Marketing Team

Author Access with Jake Marcionette, author of JUST JAKE

  1. What is your favorite part of your Skype visits with JUST JAKE readers?
My favorite part of Skype visits is definitely taking questions and talking with other kids. I love getting feedback on the book and hearing about their dreams and what they are passionate about. Last year I had a Skype visit with a class in Australia and it was great to get their impression of Just Jake.  Evidently, Alexis is a big hit in “DOWN UNDER”.  
  1. How do you typically format your Skype visits with classrooms and libraries?
I do a brief introduction and then go into how I developed my passion for writing. Then I discuss getting a literary agent, book deal and everything involved with publishing Just Jake #1. From there I delve into my Seeking Awesomeness project and the blueprint for success at any age. My goal is to inspire other kids and motivate them to seek out their own passion and let them know they are never too young to follow their dreams and achieve greatness.  
  1. How has your life in school changed since your books have come out?
My English teachers are tougher on me! In a good way. They expect more in my writing and push me to explore new styles and varying tones. I am very fortunate to have supportive teachers actively encouraging my development.  
  1. What words of advice do you have for aspiring young writers?
The best advice I can give is write about what you know. I don’t write about espionage, love triangles or vampires because that stuff isn’t in my wheelhouse. If you live and breathe it, the writing process is more fluid and enjoyable.  
  1. What’s the biggest lesson that you think readers can take away from JUST JAKE?
Believe in yourself. Jake Ali Mathews isn’t the biggest, smartest or most athletic kid. But, what he does have is heart and I hope his never-say-die attitude inspires my readers. Even if they have a diabolical big sister out to get them!

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