A buddy of mine who is just venturing out after the release of his first book recently asked me if I had any advice as it pertains to author school visits. He was a tad bit nervous never having done one before which is completely understandable if you don’t know what to expect. These are by far my absolute favorite type of events to do because quite frankly, adults can be harder to entertain than kids (at least for me). Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting folks in general but let’s face it; expectations are much higher for adults.
Here’s what I told him:
First and foremost, be yourself. Kids are by nature intuitive and can spot a phony a mile away while hardships in life that accumulate in our lifetimes can sometimes skew our perceptions as adults. As a side note we really should be ourselves in any setting be it an author event or talking a stroll. I’m simply stressing that we should not try to be someone we’re not when we’re around kids.