General Information


Cost and Availability

My rates are reasonable, and travel expenses can be kept to a minimum with enough lead time. Whenever possible, I try to schedule multiple days in the same area so that schools can share travel expenses. (If you have special financial concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know.)

For information about available dates and my rates, please contact me.

Talking to students at Springhurst Elementary School in Dobbs Ferry, New York


Number of Presentations 

A full day visit includes up to four presentations, and I can do four different presentations. I am also happy to give an extra presentation to teachers or parents, before or after school. 

I am always willing to eat lunch (or share a snack) with students (sometimes this is a select group of student writers or simply students who are interested in meeting an author or sometimes students who have won some type of contest). Use your imagination and dream up an activity; I have done "Donuts with Deem," pizza parties...whatever it takes to give kids a memorable day.

I  schedule half day visits (one or two presentations) only in my local area (Tucson, Arizona). 

Lunch with students at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois


Size of Audience

Autographing a bulletin board at Fees Middle School in Tempe, Arizona I am comfortable speaking to any size group.  However, smaller groups will probably benefit a little more from a presentation. 

The key to a good presentation is the amount of preparation the students have had before the visit. Even a very large group can benefit if they have been well-prepared.



At the end of my presentation, I share my website address with children and ask them to visit it and, if they wish, write me. 

As you can see, my website has many things for children to read and think about, to reinforce my message about reading and writing. I also take a camera to my presentations. When possible, I post a few photos to my website (hopefully by the next day) as well as a letter to the children. This, I hope, keeps the experience fresh in children's minds.