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WHO: My novels Things Change, Nailed, Cheated, Stolen Car, and Tear Collector are intended for high school students, although the core audience is 9th and 10th graders. Chasing Tail Lights works best with 11th graders. The key to any good author visit is having student familiar with an author's work.

WHAT: There are many different models for school visits. I'll work with you to best meet your needs and the needs of your teachers. I'm happy to visit several classes during a day, but I won't do large assemblies of over 90 students; those just don't work.

HOW:   Contact me  (patrick@connectingya.com) to arrange details.  Fee is negotiable.  The most important thing is getting books for students to read in advance. Things Change, Nailed, Chasing Tail Lights and Cheated are available in paperback with a list price of $7.99, while Stolen Car and Tear Collector are only in hardback listing at $16.99.

To obtain books, contact:


Von Holtzbrinck Publishing Services Special Sales
Tel:  646-307-5370

Download the order form.

TERMS FOR AUTHOR EVENT BOOK ORDER

  • 40 percent discount off list price.
  • Must order a minimum of 16 copies of any number of titles. Unsold books are returnable.
  • Customers pay for FOB (“freight on board”) shipping which varies depending on size of shipment and destination.
  • Invoice will be mailed out at the same time as the books and customers have 30 days to send in a single check payment. We cannot accept credit cards.
  • Must receive order three weeks in advance of author event. Rush shipping is available for an additional charge.

WHAT NEXT? 
The number of books and how they are distributed is your call.  Some options are:

  1. Purchase enough copies for students attending presentation to read, then keep at the school.
  2. Purchase enough copies for students attending presentation to read, then allow students to have books autographed and keep these copies for themselves.
  3. Obtain enough copies for students attending presentation to read, but then allow them to buy copies if they wish to have book autographed then keep
  4. Purchase copies for the library or the classroom to circulate among students, then sell or ?raffle? off copies for students to keep
  5. Purchase copies for the library or the classroom to circulate among students, then sell or ?raffle? off copies for students to keep, but then have for additional books for sale for students to keep on day of presentation.
  6. As part of the visit, distribute order slips for students to order books from staff member. Staff member will collect money and order books. I?ll autograph book plates with student?s names to put in books when they arrive.

ONE TEACHER?S COMMENTS
?As a high school teacher, I assigned this book for reading in a literature circle. One of my male non readers was sitting in the hallway while an almost non reader (also male) was reading aloud. They were hanging on every word, and trying desperately to finish the book in time for the discussion. I almost cried to think that they finally had found something that made them want to read. When everyone had finished the book, the discussion was lively, animated, and the book had appealed to both males and females, something that is a bit rare for this age group.   Another student even wrote a note thanking me for letting her read a book which because of its realistic character portrayals helped her see herself through someone else's eyes.  Forced to read the book, I was cringing, as I hate YA literature. What a delight to learn that this was a novella that would not be put down. I found myself carrying it around all day until I was finished. Jones obviously has some talent for creating realistic characters, realistic situations, and a plot that enthralls readers.

 

 

 

   
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