Consider saving this newsletter for future reference. With our new mailing schedule you won't be getting another one until October.
Over the summer, we've made some big changes.
Explore our revamped website. There's an alphabetical snippet view of all our authors here. We have a Youtube video library with book trailers, author interviews and more. We've got a dedicated index tab for French presenters, illustrators and more, plus a full-site google search bar.
New Map Feature!
Our map has always shown to indicate approximately where our presenters live. Click on the + sign at the right side of the map to get a detailed view of a particular area.This is a great tool for estimating travel costs and also discovering local authors.
Now you'll also see green V's to indicate out of GTA bookings. Hover your mouse over a green V and you'll see when you may be able to save on travel costs or share a day by booking an author while they're already in your area!
The most stringent selection process in Canada
Our members can promote literacy and a love of reading as well as support curriculum objectives.Over the summer, we've added one more condition of membership: Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) . Every single member on our website as of Sept 1 has an up-to-date VSS.
Request for Collaboration
Our mission is to provide you with a reliable way of booking qualified and engaging presenters for the student audience. We ask that you help us do our job in the following ways:
1. Collaborate with us. Please book our authors through the email contact forms at the bottom of each presenter page. Our members pay us a small fee per booking (you pay us nothing) but if you use our service and then book directly, we receive nothing for the effort and expense we've put into providing it. We rely on the honour system.
2. Collaborate with your colleagues. If you are booking one of our presenters, ask nearby colleagues if they'd like to share the day or the tour with you. There are significant cost savings for you when you work together. As an example, an author may charge $600 plus travel for a half day (two sessions), but $1000 for a full day. If you and a colleague book together, you each save $100 and half the travel costs. As well, we can advise you on subsidies, reducing the cost even more. When you share our information, everyone wins.
3. Collaborate with your association or school board. Did you know that we host regional ABS-School Library meet and greets at no charge? You provide the venue, the audience and coffee (maybe some chocolate too??) and we'll bring the authors and the books. Here's a write up of one such event from last year. We would LOVE to do a similar event with YOU!
ABS is the booking agent for The Forest of Reading®. We are also partnered with the TDSB (under Amdox Co Ltd/Authors' Booking Service).
Is YOUR Board or organization Interested in working with ABS as a partner too? Let's talk.
News feed updated regularly!
Bookmark our website and check it often. Our news feed, Coming to the GTA and Deals are all index tabs on the main page and they're updated several times a week.
Valerie Sherrard & Marsha Skrypuch