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Monday, October 10, 2011

Tales from School, Part 1.

Remember the class I visited last month to present the Glory Be ARC their teacher had won on my blog giveaway?

I now have fan letters.

Which is completely amazing and a little weird. Having been on the other end of Author Visits for my almost twenty years of school librarianing, it's quite eye-opening to sit in the interviewee chair. Since they hadn't read the book, I shared my road to publication, my writing advice, and answered their very inquisitive questions.

I can't resist sharing a couple of the kids' wise comments. More to come, of course.

I think your book is going to be really popular. You helped me when you said you kept trying and didn't give up. Now when I get frustrated I don't rip up the paper. I punch my pillow and keep on trying.

It has been nice to actually meet the woman that Mrs. C. has been going on and on about for the last few weeks. I really wonder if the book Glory Be is as good as you said it was.

and one more for today:

Thank you for coming to the class... I am glad that you are giving our teacher the first copy of Glory Be. Being an author must be great.
Your #1 Fan
PS I like your hair cut.

Out of the mouths of babes and all that.


Barbara O'Connor said...

This is great

Pragmaticmom said...

I love the comments. It reminds me of what the kids said in their letters in Officer Buckle and Gloria. Except you are a real live author.

I think that is the magic of school visits! I co chair our elementary school's Creatve Arts and Sciences and with each program that comes in, I am convinced it will change a child's life. I really want to read your book!

Ps I just noticed Barbara o'Connor's comment. We are trying to book her for our fourth graders. Small world!

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Augusta, It had to be fun to do your first author visit! I assume you will have fantabulous author visits based on all you learned from being on the other side of things! Have you posted tips on this site? That would be a really useful post. ; )

Carol Baldwin said...

Oh, I agree with Joyce. POst tips! Have fun! And make sure you tell your hairdresser that she/he is appreciated!! :)

Augusta Scattergood said...

It's very interesting viewing the Author Visit thing from the other side of the classroom, though this was an easy gig. One enthusiastic group! With a little more experience under my belt, I will try to remember your suggestions to blog about!
And Pragmaticmom- I would love to be a fly on the wall for one of Barbara's visits. Her blogs about them make me wish I were there!
Thanks, everybody, for your comments.

PragmaticMom said...

That comment is adorable! And clearly the kid has fashion sense! I bet you never expected kids to notice and compliment you on your hair!