School and Library Visits for Authors and Illustrators

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

Simon’s first novel for middle grade 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, Flashback in 2015, and Future Imperfect in 2016. Simon is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction Volume One, and has written many non-fiction books.

Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools and libraries, covering such topics as the writing process, editing and revision, where ideas come from and how writers turn them into stories, character development, historical fiction and historical research, story structure, the publishing world and more. He also offers virtual author visits by video using Skype. He works as a creative writing instructor for students throughout the year and at summer camps each July and August, is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services, and offers a variety of online workshops for both children and adults.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences and festivals, and served as a juror for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Children’s Literature, the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the Parsec Awards and the Sunburst Awards for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. He is the founder of Children’s Authors and Illustrators on Facebook, and served as the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Western Canada.

Simon offers a number of services for writers, including manuscript evaluation, editing, writing workshops and coaching, plus copywriting services for the business community. Full details can be found at his website You may also visit his blog, his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook.

    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.