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My name is Starr Burgess, author of the Counselor Dynamite book series which is for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. As a former elementary school teacher and elementary school counselor, I have spent a lot of time in the classroom. There’s something magical that happens when learning and the exchange of information takes place, the energy is contagious, spreads quickly, and suddenly the room is filled with laughter and smiles. I love to visit schools because I enjoy hearing about the adventures of young writers and discussing my writing process almost as much as I enjoy writing. I am very excited to share my adventures in writing, my journey in the self publishing process, creating book trailers for my books, developing a merchandise line, and hosting an on-line talk show. I am available for school and library visits, book fairs, book signings, and other events.


Presentations:

Please let me know your goals for my visit and I will be happy to customize my presentation to meet your needs. Libraries are usually the ideal environment for my presentations. Equipment needed if available includes an overhead projector and a computer with access to a projector.  I prefer librarians, counselors and/or teachers to be present.


School visits: I offer two presentations based on grade levels.


Story time: Kindergarten-2nd grade:

For my younger friends, a 20-30 minute presentation is available. This includes watching the book trailer, a reading of one of my books, and an interactive activity based on the story.


Book creation to book stores: Grades 3rd-5th

For my older friends, a 50 -60 minute presentation is available. The presentation begins with watching a book trailer, a reading of one of my books, and Q&A where we discuss the process of writing a book, the difference between traditional and self publishing, and how the book gets into libraries and book stores. You might want to prompt your students several days before my appearance about the questions they would like to ask me about being an author.


If your school wishes, I would be happy to have lunch with a small group of students. No more than ten students should attend the lunch. The lunch lasts for the duration of your regular lunch schedule.


Basic Fee Schedule:

Presentations consist of the following:

  - Single and Double packages

  - Triple package


Grades Kindergarten through 2nd:

- Single package (can be one, two or three grade levels in same presentation)

- 1 presentation (approx. 50 minutes)             - $350

- Double package (can be any two grade levels in separate presentations each)

- 2 presentations (approx. 1 hr 40 minutes)    - $500

- Triple package (all three grade levels in separate presentations each)

- 3 presentations (approx. 2 hrs 30 minutes)  - $600


*** All presentations will occur on the same day during contiguous times


Grades 3rd through 5th:

- Single package (can be one, two or three grade levels in same presentation)

- 1 presentation (approx. 50 minutes)             - $350

- Double package (can be any two grade levels in separate presentations each)

- 2 presentations (approx. 1 hr 40 minutes)    - $500

- Triple package (all three grade levels in separate presentations each)

- 3 presentations (approx. 2 hrs 30 minutes)  - $600


*** All presentations will occur on the same day during contiguous times


Grades Kindergarten through 5th:

- Book Reading (can be one to five grade levels in same book reading)

- 1 book reading (approx. 20 minutes)            - **Free (** Send email for specifics and limitations)


For additional information about my school visits, please contact Clyde Burgess at administrator@counselordynamite.com.