School and Library Visits for Authors and Illustrators

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
40 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2016
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Author Biography

Simon's first novel for middle grade and young adult readers, The Alchemist’s Portrait, was published in 2003, followed by The Sorcerer’s Letterbox in 2004, The Clone Conspiracy in 2005, The Emerald Curse in 2006, The Heretic’s Tomb in 2007, The Doomsday Mask in 2009, The Time Camera in 2011, The Sphere of Septimus in 2014, Future Imperfect in 2016, the Flashback series, comprising Flashback, Twisted Fate, and Parallel Destiny, in 2015, 2016, and 2018, the Shadowzone series, comprising Shadowzone, Into the Web, and Black Dawn, in 2017, and The Stone of the Seer series in 2022. He's also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Working Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, The Social Media Writer’s Guide, a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction Volume One, and has written more than a hundred non-fiction books.

Simon offers a number of services for writers, including editing, manuscript evaluation, coaching, mentoring, and writing workshops, in addition to copywriting services for the business community. He's a writing instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and offers online workshops for both children and adults. He also offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops, and author in residence programs for schools and libraries, as well as virtual author visits.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences and festivals, and served as the Writer-in-Residence with the Canadian Authors Association.

Full details can be found on his website at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Once a book is written, edited and published, the work is by no means complete. Authors have to be very resourceful in how they promote their work. This doesn’t have to be a burden. Some parts of self-promotion can be quite enjoyable. For example, a children’s author can visit schools and libraries to connect with their potential audience: the young readers. This can include a presentation on what it means to be an author, what the author enjoys writing about, where the author gets ideas, how the author creates believable characters and how they choose character names, and the importance of doing research, especially for historical and highly scientific or technical stories. It can also include a reading. Some interesting games, like word searches, all based on the author’s books, can also attract the potential young reader’s attention.

There are considerable opportunities in every community which are great venues for sharing one’s writing passion with young readers. As Simon Rose discusses in his book, School and Library Visits for Authors and Illustrators, the need to connect with one’s readers can be a satisfying undertaking. In today’s wonderful high-tech world, there is also the option of connecting virtually with one’s readers. As well as visits and readings, both live and virtual, authors can offer workshops for young readers/writers to inspire them with both their reading and their creative writing ideas. Simon leads the writer through all the possibilities and options and ways to optimize each potential interaction with young readers, be it in a school, a library or virtually. A very useful guide.