The icing on the cake came when she asked me how much I wanted to be paid. I told her to please donate my payment to the Lambi Fund of Haiti instead. I had a blast reading my book and was also allowed to sell my book after the reading.
The coordinator liked the presentations I did, so she invited me to return for a special programming in fall 2010 called PASSPORT TO THE CARIBBEAN. I quickly developed a good rapport with the coordinator. I have already been invited to return once my book with Guardian Angel Publishing is published.
On September 14, 2010, I did my fourth presentation. I had around 35 people who showed up. Before I read my book, I showed the kids a YouTube video of a mother sea turtle laying her eggs. Additionally, I showed a video of newly hatched baby turtles heading to the ocean. The kids really liked my book. I had three teen helpers who helped cut out paper plates in preparation for a sea turtle craft. It was an unforgettable experience to have so many parents and their kids show up for this program. I have one more presentation on November 27th. I expect to sell a lot of books being that it is so close to Christmas.
What I learned from this experience is to never be afraid to ask. Most authors do readings at schools, but since I work fulltime it is very difficult for me to make school visits. I am currently working on booking readings with after school programs in my area.
If you have not done a reading at your local library, I highly encourage you to do so. You never know what doors might be opened for you. I think much bigger doors will be opened once my book with GAP is published. I can’t wait!
Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children's trilingual picture book titled Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.
The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children's picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, My sister is my Best Friend, will be published fall 2011.
You can visit Nicole Weaver’s website at http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/