Deanna has the BEST TIME visiting schools and doing both presentations and keynote speeches at writing or reading conferences. She’s been an avid speaker since high school, and no crowd large or small, from the teeny toddlers to the professionals, can scare her!
Speaking fees depend on the size of the audience and the length of the day. As a ballpark, you can expect a half-day to be $300 (plus travel if more than an hour from Austin, Texas). Speaking fees are reduced or waived in certain circumstances, particularly if the school or event will be sending out book order forms or selling books, or if the topic is particularly important to her.
Books and topics available:
- 4-8 year olds: Dust Bunnies: Secret Agents, a digital story book app from Polycot Labs.
- 9-12 year olds: Jinnie Wishmaker and the forthcoming trilogy of magical books for tweens. Deanna is also part of an anthology of short stories for this age: 10 Tales for Tweens. She also does kid workshops on creative writing and has helped classrooms prepare for the 4th grade state writing test. (She’s a former schoolteacher and was a Language Arts textbook editor.)
- Adults: Baby Dust is a book about miscarriage and pregnancy loss. Deanna is a regular speaker on this topic. Deanna is also a USA Today bestselling author of romance, and can cover most any topic involving writing, editing, marketing, and publishing romance fiction.
- Writers: Deanna regularly speaks on the subject of writing and marketing, particularly from the small press perspective and for independent self-published authors. She is a six-time USA Today bestselling author under multiple pen names for her self-published works.
Some recent speaking adventures:
July 22, 2015 in New York, New York: Deanna is signing her new book FOREVER BOUND at the Literacy Signing at the Romance Writers of America National Convention. She is also moderating a panel on Saturday, June 25 during the convention.
June 26, 2015 in Austin, Texas: Deanna taught a workshop titled “Ten Characteristics of Highly Successful Self-Published Authors” at the Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference.
May 23, 2015 in Austin, Texas: Deanna was a featured author at An Austin Author Event book signing at the Renaissance Marriott Arboretum.
Oct. 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas: Deanna taught a workshop on Self Publishing for the Austin Arts and Service Celebration, a week of classes where veterans learn more about working in the arts.
Sept. 27, 2014 in Austin, Texas: Deanna taught a half-day class for the Writers League of Texas called Writing What You Love in Marketable Packages.
August 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas: Deanna was a panelist on Alternate Publishing Options at the SCBWI monthly meeting at Bookpeople.
July 23-26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas: Deanna signed FOREVER SHELTERED at the Literacy Book Signing at the Romance Writers of America National Convention.
July 17, 2014 in Austin, Texas: Deanna was a panelist on self-publishing at the Writers’ League of Texas Third Thursday meeting at Bookpeople.
June 27-29, 2014 in Austin, Texas: Deanna was a panelist at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents and Editors conference on the topic, “Big House, Small House, My Own House” with editors Jill Meyers, Jason Pinter, and Michael Signorelli in the Hyatt Regency Texas Ballroom.
May 13-18, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana: Deanna had two fan events at the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention.
Nov. 17, 2012 in Lakeway, Texas: Deanna was a part of a panel on publishing with the Lake Travis Fiction Writers.
Oct. 6, 2012 at St. Edward’s University: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Digital Conference: The Nuts and Bolts of Success. Deanna conducted a one-hour presentation in the morning on “Marketing Your Digital Story Book” as well as lead a hands-on activity with attendees in the afternoon to create a story time presentation sure to turn visitors into fans.
July 25, 2012 at KOOP radio: Deanna was part of a panel on publishing in the modern era for the talk show Writing on the Air. Go listen to the broadcast!