Before Heather became a published author, she spent many years working in the schools, so she’s seen firsthand how important it is for kids to connect with artists and writers who nurture their dreams. She’d love to schedule such a visit to your school, book club, or writing group. Please contact her directly to discuss the possibilities of a visit, whether virtual or in person.
Heather can discuss just about anything about books — the process of writing a novel, the way the publishing industry works, young adult literature, or the craft of writing itself. These are just some possible ideas for presentations. Feel free to ask Heather about other possibilities or about topics more specifically geared toward your audience.
Writing for Real – What’s it like to be a writer? Learn what it really takes to turn your writing into a real book.
Layering Fiction – How do you take a simple scene and embellish it into a multi-layered experience for your reader? Discover why it takes more than the five senses to create a memorable scene.
The Great What If? – Writers are often asked “Where do you get your ideas?” Learn how to take a small thought and brainstorm it into a workable plot and characters with goal, motivation, and conflicts.
In-Person Visit Honorarium
Includes up to four presentations per day.
Local: (Western Washington) $300 per day
Other parts of Washington: $500 per day plus travel expenses
Out of State: $750 per day plus expenses
Conferences/Workshops: rates are negotiable
Heather does not sell her own books, but they can be ordered from her publishers at a discount. Coordinating with a local independent bookstores can also be a great way to offer her books for sale at an event.
If you can’t bring Heather in for an in-person visit, maybe you can invite her for a virtual visit. She is happy to chat with individual classes, book clubs, or writer groups via Skype.
Cost and Duration
$50 per half hour
$75 per full hour
Be sure to download the Skype software ahead of time and do a practice session. This helps make sure everything goes smoothly with the technology on visit day. Prepare the audience, ideally by reading one or more of Heather’s books. Even though Heather can’t sign books virtually, she can send postcards or other freebies for anyone participating in the video chat.