What should a school expect from an author?
What should an author expect from a school?
On the most basic level.
Here's what I came up with:
What a school should expect from an author:
- The author will be prompt. (Prompt means early enough to meet the contact person, set up any equipment, use the restroom, and be ready to start at the designated time.)
- The author will bring all necessary equipment. (That means any equipment that the author has not asked the school to provide, such as laptops or projectors.)
- The author will have a well-planned, well-timed presentation. (That means staying focused on the subject and not finishing earlier or later than scheduled.)
- The author will understand and respect the school environment. (That means the author isn't frustrated by tight schedules or less-than-perfect facilities.)
What an author should expect from a school:
- Someone at the school will be there to greet/escort her - or at the very least, someone in the office will be aware of the scheduled visit and the location for the presentation. (And if the author has specified that she is arriving 30 minutes early to set up equipment, someone is there 30 minutes early.)
- Any previously requested equipment will be set up and ready. (And someone will be available to help in the event of an equipment glitch.)
- Students will know who she is and be familiar with her books.
- Students will arrive at the presentation on time.
- Teachers will remain with the students.
- Teachers will take on the responsibility of disciplining students, if necessary (and not leave that to the author.)
- Some authors (not me) expect to sell books.
Pretty basic, huh?
(Yeah, I realize that there are more expectations on the author's side, but, hey, I'm an author. Heh...)
Of course, there are lots of other things on the part of both the school and the author that go beyond the basics that make an author visit the best that it can be: