Personal Appearances

Cynthia Leitich Smith enjoys sharing the stories behind her own books, her knowledge of children’s/young adult literature, and her enthusiasm for reading and writing.

She has been a featured author/speaker at the Native American Authors Conference, Reading the World, Texas Teen Book Festival, Texas Book Festival, National Book Festival, New England SCBWI as well as at bookstores, schools, public libraries (including the New York Public Library), museums, universities, and at conferences of such groups as: the Texas Library Association, the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, etc.

Scheduling

Cynthia often books events one-to-two years in advance.

She also travels frequently to Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Oklahoma, Kansas City/Lawrence, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay area. Planners in these areas may want to query about pre-scheduled trips.

Rates

Keynotes

Please inquire with more information for rates.

School Visits

Cynthia will offer up to three sessions a day, at a rate of $1500/day, plus travel, lodging and reasonable expenses. Note: the rate is the same for Cynthia by herself or with her husband (and sometimes co-author) Greg Leitich Smith. This rate is negotiable, especially in cases where planners would like to purchase a significant number of books for young readers who’ll be in the audience.

It is required that the students in the audience be familiar with the author’s works in advance. They are to have already read the book(s) most appropriate to their age level prior to the event (reading JINGLE DANCER to high school students doesn’t count). Experience strongly suggests that well-prepared students get more out of the presentation, and the goal is to connect with audiences who have an interest in the specific work.

If a school planner is instead looking for an author to discuss writing generally or lead a writing workshop or talk about writing as a career, please see the listing of authors and illustrators and/or the listing of Texas authors and illustrators.

See also information on planning a successful school visit.

Public Libraries:

Cynthia will provide a presentation at a rate of $350 day, plus travel, lodging and reasonable expenses. Note: the rate is the same for Cynthia by herself or with her husband (and sometimes co-author) Greg Leitich Smith.

Young Author Workshops:

Cynthia will offer a keynote and panel/breakout session at a rate of $1250/day, plus travel, lodging and related expenses. Note: the rate is the same for Cynthia by herself or with her husband (and sometimes co-author) Greg Leitich Smith.

These events are distinct from school visits in that they are usually on Saturdays and the young writers are participating by choice.

Publisher sponsored conferences:

Note: at the moment, I don't have publisher sponsorship for sessions or events specific to Native American youth literature. If you are east of the Mississippi, you might try Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki). If you are west, you might try Tim Tingle (Choctaw).

Non-Publisher Sponsored Conferences:

Cynthia will offer a keynote and panel/breakout session at a rate of $1250/day, plus travel, lodging and related expenses. Note: the rate is the same for Cynthia by herself or with her husband (and sometimes co-author) Greg Leitich Smith.

Bookstore appearances: no charge, schedule permitting.

University classroom visits: no charge, schedule permitting.

Online events:

see related information.

 

Writing Conferences/Workshops:

Cynthia's fee varies depending on the size of the audience/number of participants and whether she's asked to offer a keynote, manuscript critiques, etc.

Book Sales

Cynthia does not sell her own books, but the titles may be obtained from the publishers at a discount. Money from a book-sale is a good source for financing author events. Some planners may also want to coordinate a sale through their local bookstore.

Book sales should be promoted in advance. They are most successful when the students are given order forms to take home. Autographing sessions should be broken out into a scheduled timeslot. Or, in the alternative, a quiet hour should be provided to the author(s) to personalize and autograph books. In either case, each name for personalization should be clearly printed on a Post-It note attached to the autograph page before it is presented to the author(s).

Other than books, Cynthia will autograph only bookmarks (if prior arrangements are made) or, say, a cover art poster for library display.