I’ve done a lot of public speaking and keynote addresses over the years, but I’ve never been asked to do a radio commercial before. So I was tickled—and kind of intimidated—when asked to record a 30-second spot for the Young Writers Conference in Marshall, MN, an event at which I’ll be providing the keynote address.
I was given a rough script and instructions to see if I could get help from a local radio station. Fortunately, the folks over at KBEK 95.5 FM were more than happy to oblige.
A gentleman named Shawn gave me a tour of the station and then sat me down in front of a microphone. I read my script twice through. Then he showed me all sort of “radio secrets,” like decreasing the volume on the “p” sounds and deleting my breaths in between sentences.
Finally, after a few experiments at background music, Shawn found the perfect, whimsical number.
All told, the process only took about 20 minutes to put together. Here’s how it turned out:
If you happen to be in Southwest Minnesota, keep an ear on the radio. As of Monday, this spot is live!
Some of my favorite author events are those in which I get to spend time with other authors. Last Friday was just such a day: I was an invited guest at the Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) Fall Conference, along with a dozen or so other authors and illustrators.
The annual event attracts media specialists from schools across the state, so it was a chance to promote a few of my books and—more importantly—to shamelessly plug my services as a guest author.
All in all, it was a great day. I saw some old friends and made a couple of new ones. Plus, I garnered interest from several schools that are considering an author visit. It’s shaping up to be a busy year!
My book signing at Barnes & Noble on Sunday was a wonderful event! I had a chance to hang out with fellow author Christie Gove-Berg (and went on a failed adventure to find chicken strips at a restaurant that turned out to be closed). I got to rub elbows… er… wings with a real-live bald eagle for two hours. Best of all, the day provided an excellent opportunity to chat with some book-loving fans.
Thank you to everyone who came to see us on Sunday!
Summers are usually pretty slow for us children’s book authors, but now that school’s back in session, it’s time to get to work. My first big event of the school year is actually a rare book signing. (I don’t do many of those because I live so far from any bookstores.)
This Sunday, September 27, I’ll be a guest at Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN. The theme for this event is “bald eagles,” so I’ll be promoting my new children’s book, Eagle in the Sky.
My friend and co-author Christie Gove-Berg will also be on hand, with her book, Esther the Eaglet. (Side note: I was the editor of that book.) But neither Christie nor I get top billing at this event. No, that honor goes to the real-live bald eagle that will be with us, courtesy of the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota!
It should be plenty of fun for all ages, so I hope to see you there. For more information, check out the Barnes & Noble event page.
I don’t do a lot of in-store book signings—mostly because there’s only one bookstore within an hour’s drive of me. But when I do accept an invitation, it’s usually a lot of fun. Saturday, June 6, was no exception at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, Minnesota. In fact, it might have been the most fun I’ve ever had at a bookstore event.
I was actually third fiddle at this particular event. The star attraction was definitely the Raptor Center from the University of Minnesota. They brought a bald eagle and a great horned owl to the signing, which certainly attracted a crowd. There was always a steady stream of 10 to 20 people gathered around their tent.
The Raptor Center attended the book signing in conjunction with author Christie Gove-Berg and her book Esther the Eaglet (which I edited, by the way). A portion of the proceeds from the book benefit the Raptor Center. Since Christie knew I had my own eagle book, Eagle in the Sky, she and Scout & Morgan Books were gracious enough to let me tag along for this eagle-centric event. (Christie and I have actually shared a few events together, and it always works well.)
On this particular day, the customers were aplenty. In fact, the store actually ran out of Eagle in the Sky. A minor glitch, for sure, but if you’re going to encounter a problem, that’s a good one to have!
Thanks to everyone who came out and made the day such a wonderful event.